The Year of the Rabbit

Chinese Zodiac: year of the rabbit

Years of the Rabbit: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.

The Year of the Rabbit is fourth in the Chinese zodiac cycle. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Rabbit year occurs every 12 years.

Rabbit Years

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.

Rabbit Year When Type of Rabbit
1939 February 19, 1939 – February 7, 1940 Earth Rabbit
1951 February 6, 1951 – January 26, 1952 Gold Rabbit
1963 January 25, 1963 – February 12, 1964 Water Rabbit 
1975 February 11, 1975 – January 30, 1976 Wood Rabbit 
1987 January 29, 1987 – February 16, 1988 Fire Rabbit 
1999 February 16, 1999 – February 4, 2000 Earth Rabbit 
2011 February 3, 2011 – January 22, 2012 Gold Rabbit 
2023 January 22, 2023 – February 9, 2024 Water Rabbit 

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Rabbit

The Information for the Chinese Zodiac Rabbit

Things that will bring Rabbits luck:

  • Lucky numbers: 3, 4, 6, and numbers containing them (like 34 and 46)
  • Lucky days: the 26th, 27th, and 29th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: red, pink, purple, blue
  • Lucky flowers: plantain lily, jasmine
  • Lucky directions: east, south and northwest
  • Lucky months: the 1st, 4th, 8th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Things that Rabbits should avoid:

  • Unlucky colors: dark brown, dark yellow, white
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and 8
  • Unlucky directions: north, west, and southwest
  • Unlucky months: the 2nd, 6th, 9th and 12th Chinese lunar months

The Rabbit's Personality: Quiet, Elegant...


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. 

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 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.

Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water Rabbits

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 (1915, 1975) Clever, quick-witted, selfish, lively in appearance, but shrewd at heart
Fire Rabbit (1927, 1987) Broad-minded, smart, and flexible, with unique views
Earth Rabbit (1939, 1999) Frank, straightforward, ambitious, hard-working, but slightly reserved
Gold Rabbit (1951, 2011) Kind-hearted, conservative,lively and enthusiastic
Water Rabbit (1963, 2023) Gentle, amicable, able to adjust readily to different conditions, but with a weak mindset and principles

See Chinese Zodiac Rabbits of 5 Elements: Characters and Destinies.

Rabbits' Love Compatibility

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.
Love Compatibility with the Rabbit

Take our online love Compatibility test.

The Top Careers for Rabbits


Intellectual, scholarly, and learned, Rabbits can enjoy a good career as well as wealth. 

With a pair of dexterous hands, Rabbits have a gift for calligraphy and painting as well as tailoring and cooking. 

The best careers for Rabbits are in the fields of cultivation, breeding, education, religion, health care, medicine, culture, police/judiciary work, and politics.

How to Build Relationships with Rabbits

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. 

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.

Good Health for Rabbits

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.

Rabbits' Horoscope for 2019

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.

Rabbit's horoscope in 2019

Career Prospects in 2019

Rabbits have good career prospects in 2019 with great chances for a promotion.They will be helped by seniors or leaders.

Health in 2019

There are no serious health problems predicted in 2019 for Rabbits and they will have an easy year physically.

Finances in 2019


In 2019, Rabbits will have good luck with money with an improved salary or benefits. All investments will be profitable.

Love in 2019

On the relationship front, it will be a rough year and there may be no good news at all for single Rabbits.

Are Rabbit Years Unlucky Years for 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.

Famous Rabbit Year People

Famous Rabbit Birth Date Element
Albert Einstein March 14, 1879 an Earth Rabbit
Michael Jordan February 17, 1963 a Water Rabbit
David Beckham May 2, 1975 a Wood Rabbit
Lionel Messi June 24, 1987 a Fire Rabbit

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