2011 Year of the Metal Rabbit

Mac_Dy_9465In the next few days, about 130 billion Chinese will be celebrating the exit of year of the tiger and the emerging year of the rabbit.

The year of the Tiger was a roller coaster of a ride for many-yes me included and it’s bout time we say bye-bye to the roaring past.

We are now entering into the year of the Rabbit and since this year ends with 1 it is in the Yin metal element. If you are one that’s used to the fast pace in life then the year ot the rabbit will be applying the brakes for you. Just relax and don’t push so much. Go on vacation and sit at a beach front on a comfy lounge chair sipping cocktail. Think in terms of peace and stability, the main traits of the rabbit.

The dragon and lion dances are very common throughout Asian communities during the Chinese New Year holidays. Both do an aggressive dance to the tune of loud drum and cymbals to ward off or evict bad, evil spirits or bad luck.

8555_Mac_Dy_2And 2 phrases that’ll always be useful during the new year season are:

恭喜發財 (pinyin: Gōngxǐ fācái), which loosely translates to “Congratulations and be prosperous”. Often mistakenly assumed to be synonymous with “Happy new year”, its usage dates back several centuries.

年年有餘 (pinyin: Niánnián yǒuyú), a wish for surpluses and bountiful harvests every year, plays on the word yú to also refer to 魚 (meaning fish), making it a catch phrase for fish-based Chinese new year dishes and for paintings or graphics of fish that are hung on walls or presented as gifts.

A happy Chinese new year to all. May good health, peace and prosperity be with you.