20.01.2023 / Happy New Year of the Black Water Rabbit!
The team of the APACCCEEC wishes you a successful, healthy, eventful, and prosperous Year of the Water Rabbit!
In Chinese astrology 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit, also known as the Year of the Black Rabbit. In addition to the 12-year animal cycle in the Chinese zodiac, each animal is associated with one of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), which are associated with their own “life force” or “chi” and their respectively associated luck and prosperity. The rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture, which is why 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.
The Spring Festival (春节) or Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is the biggest holiday in China. As the most widespread annual traditional celebration it lasts up to 2 weeks, and culminates around the eve of the Lunar New Year. China is dominated by iconic red lanterns, loud fireworks, plenty of parades during this period, as the festival itself is spread throughout the world. Much like Christmas in Western countries, Chinese New Year is a time for gatherings with family and relatives.
An invariable part of the celebrations is the setting off of fireworks to drive away evil spirits.
Chinese New Year celebrations continue until the 15th day of the lunar calendar when the Lantern Festival (元宵节) occurs.
Happy New Year of the Water Rabbit!