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The Year of the Rabbit is fourth in the Chinese zodiac cycle, following the Tiger, and preceding the Dragon. These are Rabbit years: 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, and 2023.
If you were born in a year of the Rabbit, you are a Rabbit.
Those born in January or February should take particular note of when Chinese New Year falls to confirm their birth sign. You can use our “Find Your Chinese Zodiac Sign” tool to find your zodiac animal sign or see the table below.
|1939||February 19, 1939 – February 7, 1940|
|1951||February 6, 1951 – January 26, 1952|
|1963||January 25, 1963 – February 12, 1964|
|1975||February 11, 1975 – January 30, 1976|
|1987||January 29, 1987 – February 16, 1988|
|1999||February 16, 1999 – February 4, 2000|
|2011||February 3, 2011 – January 22, 2012|
|2023||January 22, 2023 – February 9, 2024|
Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert as well as quick, skillful, kind, patient, and very responsible. However, they might be superficial, stubborn, melancholy, and overly-discreet. Generally speaking, people who belong to the Rabbit zodiac sign have likable characters.
Gentlemen who belong to the Rabbit zodiac sign always treat people politely, with a gentle smile that makes people feel that they are credible and sincere. When encountering issues, Rabbits handle them in an orderly way; when encountering tough difficulties, they are never discouraged but instead remain persistent in their endeavors to find solutions. This means they eventually achieve enviable success.
Ladies belonging to the Rabbit zodiac sign, apart from having a pretty and demure appearance, have a pure heart.
Rabbits are faithful to those around them but are reluctant to reveal their minds to others, and have a tendency to escape reality. They are too cautious and conservative, which means they miss good opportunities.
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, and Earth. For example, a Wood Rabbit comes around once in a 60-year-cycle.
It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. This means there are five types of Rabbit, each with different characteristics.
|Type of Rabbit||Characteristics|
|Wood Rabbit||Clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart|
|Fire Rabbit||Broad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views|
|Earth Rabbit||Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved|
|Gold Rabbit||Kind-hearted, conservative,lively and enthusiastic|
|Water Rabbit||Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles|
|Famous Rabbit||Birth Date||Element|
|Albert Einstein||14 March 1879||an Earth Rabbit|
|Michael Jordan||February 17, 1963||a Water Rabbit|
|David Beckham||2 May 1975||a Wood Rabbit|
|Lionel Messi||24 June 1987||a Fire Rabbit|
Good-hearted Rabbits are loved by others. Intellectual, scholarly, and learned, Rabbits can enjoy a good career as well as wealth. Rabbits should take care, however, not to give up half way during the process when striving for something.
With a pair of dexterous hands, Rabbits have a gift for calligraphy and painting as well as tailoring and cooking. Owning a patient temperament, they are able to manage everything to meet people's wishes.
The best careers for Rabbits are in the fields of cultivation, breeding, education, religion, health care, medicine, culture, police/judiciary work, and politics.
Basically, you don't have to try hard but just help them with their weaknesses.
Strengths: Rabbits have good social relationships. They are popular with others as they are gentle and considerate. With a good sense of humor, they can turn a dispute into a good discussion and make enemies into friends. Possessing a gentle temperament, they are hospitable, considerate, and ready to help others.
Weaknesses: With an excess of universal love and charity, they may have conflicts of interest. With a lack of resolution, they have trouble with being emotionally swayed.
Chinese zodiac compatibility is based on the characteristics of the animals, and only those who match well can be good partners. See below for whether the Rabbit is compatible with your sign or not.
Best with: Rat, Goat, Monkey, Dog, Pig
Worst with: Rooster, Snake.
Overall, Rabbits have average health. In winter to late spring, when in relatively poor health, they should do more sports to prevent colds and other infectious diseases, and have a healthy daily diet. Rabbits are advised to do some indoor exercise to cope with stress and tension.
In dry seasons, they should drink more water, and moisturize to prevent skin problems.
In 2019, anyone born in a year of the Rabbit is forecast to have a prosperous life. Financially, Rabbits will make a great deal of profit. In their careers, they will do well and complete their work with extraordinarily high proficiency. With regard to relationships, however, they will be out of luck.
Rabbits have good career prospects in 2019 with great chances for a promotion.They will be helped by seniors or leaders.
There are no serious health problems predicted in 2019 for Rabbits and they will have an easy year physically.
In 2019, Rabbits will have good luck with money with an improved salary or benefits. All investments will be profitable.
On the relationship front, it will be a rough year and there may be no good news at all for single Rabbits.
According to Chinese culture, in the year of their birth sign (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin (of) life year') people offend Tai Sui (/tie-sway/), the god of age in Chinese mythology, and hence have bad luck.
Therefore, it is believed, Rabbits should be more careful about all aspects of their lives in Rabbit years. The next Rabbit year is 2023. It starts on Chinese New Year (January 22). Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.