2011 Year of the Rabbit
Those born in the Year of the Rabbit tend to be conservative and peaceful people. They do not embark in activities that involve risk. They prefer to lead a conservative life, focusing on color, design and emphasizing small details. Most generally, the rabbit gets along well with others.
The festival of Chinese New Year is one of the most important and certainly the most colorful and elaborate festivals in China. It is celebrated on the 1st day of the first moon of the lunar calendar. According to the solar calendar, the date for Chinese New Year could be anywhere between January 21st and February 19th. This year it falls on February 3, 2011, the Year of the Rabbit.
Preparations for Chinese New Year are followed precisely by tradition and by the lunar and solar movements of the moon. This is the time for family reunions and for expressing congratulations for making it to the New Year. "We made it through the old-bring on the new!" During these family times, the Chinese re-inforce the importance of family ties.
One of the first items on the list of preparations is called "The Sweeping of the Grounds". For several days prior to the New Year, the homes are swept inside and out, much like we in the United States do our Spring Cleaning (or in my case, it's fall cleaning!). Decorative scrolls worded with poems and good wishes for the family are hung outside the entrances of the home. Most of these scrolls are made from shuan paper instead of rice paper because the wrinkles can be easily smoothed and stretched out. And this paper is more compatible with Chinese brushes and ink.
Chinese Good Luck Dragon Chinese Grace Virtue Scroll