Happy Lunar New Year 2011 | Year of the Rabbit (or Cat)

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Above graphic from UBC Alumni’s 2011 Lunar New Year Luncheon invitation.

From all of us at Schema Magazine, may the Year of the Rabbit be one of good decisions, living to the fullest, calm reflection and personal growth!

Every year we make it a point to stress that Lunar New Year is a very multi-culturally celebrated event, despite it being popularly known as “Chinese New Year”. It is in fact celebrated by Vietnamese and Korean communities—as Solnal, the Korean New Year, and Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. There is only one variation between the Vietnamese and the Chinese zodiacs, and that is Year of the Rabbit, which for the Vietnamese calendar is Year of the Cat. Lunar New Year also celebrated in Tibet, some parts of India and Mongolia.

In our Lunar New Year post for 2009, we brought together a collection of celebrations from around the world. While in 2007, we explained what the different Chinese food symbolized.

2010 was the Year of the Tiger. My year, actually. And wow, it lived up to its reputation of being unpredictable, courageous, and explosive. It a bold and brave year for me and especially for Schema! More new contributors, interns and journalism students than we’ve ever had. More impressions, and by far the best editorial and blog content we’ve ever had. We’re finally producing video. We made it to the Huffington Post … And we’re about to launch the most courageous calls for submissions, ever!

Tiger saw the controversy that my post about the 2010 Winter Games opening ceremonies created (on Georgia Straight). Followed later in the year by the whole “Too Asian” and Tiger Mom backlash.

Year of the Rabbit is what I consider much needed equilibrium.

Although I’m kind of sad to see Tiger go, according to Chinese tradition, the Rabbit is “a year in which you can catch your breath and calm your nerves.” According to squidoo.com Year of the Rabbit “signifies calm, diplomacy, sensitivity and consideration for others.”

The year hasn’t start out calm on the international relations front, but perhaps it’s something we can all aspire for. More self-reflection, more thoughtfulness, more compassion.

Rabbit is also supposed to be a very lucky year (lucky rabbit’s foot?). Perhaps we don’t give luck—that random and often undeserving gift from the universe—enough credit for our happiness and prosperity. In the control-freakish culture of North America, maybe we need to be reminded that really good things can and do just spontaneously happen.

I found this great post, 5 Facts About the Chinese Astrological Sign for 2011:

3. It promises a mellow year

Coming between the Year of the Tiger and the Year of the Dragon, which are both reputed for their global tumult, the Year of the Rabbit seems like it will be a piece of cake by comparison, or so claims Online Chinese Astrology:

Having trouble getting into that Rabbit frame of mind? Here’s a video that might help.

More:

+ Great photos at news.nationalpost.com

+ 2011 Year of the Rabbit: Chinese Zodiac Horoscope Forecast and Predictions of Your Life, Love and Fortune

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