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Year of the Rabbit

Year of the Rabbit

Written by Ruby ZhaoUpdated Nov. 10, 2022

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

2023 is a year of the Water Rabbit, starting from January 22nd, 2023 (Chinese New Year), and ending on February 9th, 2024 (Chinese New Year’s Eve). The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.

People born in a year of the Rabbit are called "Rabbits" and are believed to be vigilant, witty, quick-minded, and ingenious.

The most compatible zodiac signs for Rabbits are GoatsDogs, and Pigs.

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Chinese Zodiac Rabbit Years

The Rabbit is the fourth animal sign 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. Each year has an animal sign according to the 12-year-cycle.

The Chinese zodiac year is usually said to start from Chinese New Year, whose date ranges from late January to mid-February. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in one of the above years, you might be a Rabbit, or possibly a Tiger.

Additionally, in one if you were born in January/February of the years immediately following those above (2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, etc.), then you may be a Rabbit or a Dragon.

You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator tool below to find your zodiac animal sign or see the table below.

Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator

Choose your date of birth and find out about your Chinese zodiac sign.

Dates for Rabbit Years

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

Zodiac Rabbits' Personality: Quiet, Elegant...

According to Chinese astrology, Rabbits are predicted to be gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert as well as quick, skillful, kind, patient, and very responsible, sometimes reluctant to reveal their minds to others and having a tendency to escape reality, but always faithful to those around them.

Male Rabbits are characterized by always treating 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.

Female Rabbits are personified as follows: apart from having a pretty and demure appearance, they have a pure heart.

Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water Rabbits

In Chinese five element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, WaterFire, or Earth. For example, a Water Rabbit comes 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

See Chinese Zodiac Rabbits of 5 Elements: Characters and Destinies

Famous Rabbit Year People

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

Rabbits' Love Compatibility: Is She/He Compatible with You?

The Rabbit's Love Compatibility

Each animal sign has its unique characteristics. Love compatibility among Chinese zodiac animals mostly takes into account the general characteristics of each animal. Those whose characteristics match each other well can be good partners.

This is the predicted compatibility of the Rabbit:

  • Best with: Goat, Dog, or Pig
  • Worst with: Rat or Rooster

Want to know if she/he is compatible with you? Use our zodiac love compatibility calculator below. Or you can check the 12 Chinese zodiac signs' love compatibility in detail. 

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator

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Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Rabbit

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the 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 numbers: 1, 7, and 8
  • Unlucky colors: dark brown, dark yellow, white
  • Unlucky directions: north, west, and southwest

Which Chinese Zodiac Sign is the Luckiest in 2023?

Year of the Rabbit 2022 Predictions

The luckiest Chinese zodiac signs in the year of the Rabbit 2023 are Oxes, Tigers, and Snakes.

Then, with not quite so much luck, come Dogs, Horses, Goats, and Pigs

Rabbits', Rats’ and Snakes’ fortunes will be influenced by ‘opposition to Tai Sui’. Roosters and Monkeys will have to work especially hard to make headway.

12 Chinese Zodiac Signs’ Horoscopes and Lucky Colors for 2023

In 2023 (a year of the Water Rabbit), every zodiac sign's horoscope is affected by the Water Rabbit influence. Some are predicted to become free of the misfortunes encountered in 2022, while are warned to be prepared for troubles and accidents.

Click a zodiac sign below to check out your general horoscope and lucky colors for 2023. 

  • Rat
  • OX
  • Tiger
  • Rabbit
  • Dragon
  • Snake
  • Horse
  • Goat
  • Monkey
  • Rooster
  • Dog
  • Pig

Rabbits' Horoscope and Lucky Colors for 2023

2023 is Rabbit people’s benmingnian (本命年 běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin (of) life year').

Rabbits, in your ‘birth year’, you are believed to offend Tai Sui (/tie-sway/), the God of Age in Chinese mythology, and so you are predicted many challenges with frequent life changes. You’re advised to be more careful about all aspects of your lives in 2023.

It’s better for you to avoid big changes, like getting married or starting a new company. Be circumspect with problem solving and communication, and wear red underwear and socks to reduce bad luck. Your career will be ok if you work hard, and, despite everything, a promotion’s likely. Believe that ‘a rainbow will come after the wind and rain’.

How to be luckier: Wear red underwear and socks, and carry or wear lucky dog trinkets.

Lucky colors: blue, green

Is Year of the Rabbit 2023 Good for Having a baby?

Year of the Rabbit

2023 is a good year to give birth. It is a Water Rabbit year. In Chinese astrology, water means longevity and peace, and the Rabbit is a symbol of vigilance, wittiness, cautiousness, deftness, and self-protection. People born in the year of the Water Rabbit year are predicted to enjoy good fortune and have a peaceful mind throughout their lives. (Check out 150 Popular Chinese Names for Boys and Girls: Meanings and Culture)

In Chinese mythology, the Rabbit is the only zodiac animal to live together with the Goddess Chang’e in the Moon. China named its first robotic lunar rover Jade Rabbit, which roved the moon’s surface in late 2013.

Being closely related to the Goddess of the Moon, the Rabbit is one of the most favored zodiac signs in Chinese astrology.

Best-Suited Careers for Rabbits

Intellectual, scholarly, and learned, Rabbits are more likelyto 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.

Good Health for the Rabbit

Overall, Rabbits have average health.

Rabbits, in winter to late spring, when in relatively poor health, you should do more sports to prevent colds and other infectious diseases, and have a healthy daily diet. You are advised to do some indoor exercise to cope with stress and tension.

In the dry seasons, drinking more water, and moisturizing will help prevent skin problems.

Why is the Rabbit Ranked Fourth in Chinese Zodiac?

Legend has it that in ancient times, the zodiac Rabbit had a long, furry tail. Every day, he liked to curl his tail round himself and sleep comfortably in his hole. When hungry, he would stick his head out and lazily eat the green grass at the entrance of his hole.

It didn't take long for the grass on the entire hillside to be eaten up by Rabbit, revealing a bare hole. One day, a wolf noticed the bare grassy slope and found the place where the rabbit lived. It was quietly lurking in the grass not far from the entrance of the hole, preparing to ambush Rabbit.

When the sun was up, Rabbit woke up hungry and ate the grass beside the hole as usual. The wolf bit into Rabbit’s long tail , and only then, Rabbit reacted and kicked his hind legs vigorously. When the wolf was kicked in the face, its sharp teeth bit off Rabbit's tail with its own forceful reaction. After the wolf was knocked unconscious for a few seconds, it immediately gave chase in the direction of Rabbit.

At this moment, a roar came from the sky and a little white dragon stepped between Rabbit and the wolf. He stopped the wolf who was chasing the Rabbit. Rabbit’s instincts made him not stop to think about it, and just use his last ounce of strength to escape.

Eventually Rabbit could barely run any more. Just as he was about to rest under a tree for a while, he seemed to see Ox standing behind the line, Rat on Ox's head, and Tiger behind the Ox... It turned out that Rabbit had accidentally crossed the finish line of the zodiac sign race. When he woke up, he found 11 animals surrounding him, as well as the little white dragon who helped Rabbit escape the wolf's mouth. Therefore, in the ranking of the zodiac, Rabbit comes fourth and Dragon ranks fifth.

Check Other Chinese Zodiac Animals

Year of the Ox
Year of the Dog
Year of the Pig
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