Lunar New Year 2023: The Meaning of The Year of The Rabbit

Aulia Hafisa
The year of the rabbit illustration (Freepik)
The year of the rabbit illustration (Freepik) - Lunar New Year 2023 was celebrated on January 22, 2023. This 2574 Kongzili year is the year of the water rabbit. What does it mean? 

According to Chinese astrology, the year of the water rabbit will be the opposite of 2022, which is the year of the water tiger. The tiger's fast, violent and decisive character will change during the Chinese New Year 2023.

Even though they both have the water element, the characters of these two zodiacs are still different. The water tiger and water rabbit symbolize opposites.

Quoting, the rabbit is historically known as the softest and most gentle of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. In 2022, life is embodied by the strength, vitality, and growth of the tiger.

This year, Rabbit embodies yin, the passive principle of the universe, which manifests in relaxation, fluidity, calm, and contemplation. 2023 provides opportunities for contemplation, rest, and nourishment of the body and soul.

"The rabbit is gentle, quiet, docile, and kind, but it moves quickly and is very clever," said Jupiter Lai, a Chinese astrologer living in Hong Kong.

He said the year 2023 is likely to be gentle and calm, with people seeking a more balanced life. There may also be more movement and running like a nimble rabbit.

Lucky Symbol Rabbit

Lunar New Year 2023 illustration (Shutterstock)
Lunar New Year 2023 illustration (Shutterstock)

Meanwhile, in Japan, the rabbit is a symbol of luck, progress, and intelligence. 

As explained by Chicken Taizui, head monk at the Gyokuho-ji Zen temple in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

“Bunny statues like the Maneki-Usagi are the perfect good luck charms for new businesses because their long bunny ears help them get useful information faster than anyone else, allowing business growth to go up and up, just like how a bunny jumps,” said Chicken Taizui.

Some stories about rabbits even exist in Japanese mythology and are written in Buddhist scriptures.

Who's Lucky This Year?

Besides 2023, the Year of the Rabbit is also the year for people born in 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, 1939, and so on.

According to, the luckiest zodiac signs in 2023 are the Ox, Tiger, and Snake. Then, the less fortunate zodiac signs are the Dog, Horse, Goat, and Pig.

In the year of the Rabbit, the Rooster may not be comfortable because the Rooster and the Rabbit are considered incompatible.

According to, the Rooster could face some challenges during the 2023 Year of the Water Rabbit. If those born under the Rabbit sign will experience good fortune in finances and have harmonious relationships, this is not the case for the Rooster.

That's the explanation about the Water Rabbit New Year sign. What do you think?

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