The Year of the Rabbit

By Sarah Schaeffer

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February 3 brought the turn of the New Year in China.

Celebrations including parades, fireworks and dancing will continue for the next 15 days to acknowledge the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar.

The Chinese name every year three different ways, but the most commonly recognized way is with the name of an animal, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit.

Celebrations for the Chinese New Year. Photo by Flickr.

The Chinese believe that persons born in different years have different personalities, similar to the well-known zodiac signs. Those born in the Year of the Rabbit, including celebrities Johnny Depp, Drew Barrymore and Brad Pitt, are said to be talented, well-mannered and wise.

If you’re currently attending Penn Manor, it’s likely you were born in either the Year of the Monkey (1992), the Year of the Rooster (1993), the Year of the Dog (1994), the Year of the Pig (1995) or the Year of the Rat (1996).

An insight into current students’ personalities according to the Chinese Zodiac from

Year of the Monkey- Monkeys may appear confused, but they are truly creative and intellectual. They are sensitive, but also jokesters. They rarely feel ill and take sick days even more rarely. In relationships, Monkeys take their time to settle down. Famous Monkeys include Johnny Cash, Diana Ross and Rod Stewart.

Year of the Rooster- Roosters are confident, motivated and trustworthy. They are energetic and detail-oriented. Roosters are always active. In relationships, Roosters do not work well with sensitive partners. Celebrity Roosters include Eric Clapton, Yoko Ono and Dolly Parton.

The Chinese Zodiac. Photo from

Year of the Dog- Dogs are loyal, organized and helpful. Dogs are easy-going and adaptable. Dogs fight illness easily. Dogs often have trouble in relationships due to their tendency to be anxious and worrisome. Famous Dogs include Naomi Campbell, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone.

Year of the Pig- Pigs are compassionate, generous and entertaining. They are helpful and big-hearted. Pigs often do not have the best health, as they are over-indulgent. Pigs typically do well in relationships because they are incredibly affectionate. Celebrity Pigs include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg.

Year of the Rat- Rats are honest, spontaneous and live in the moment. They are survivors and give good advice. However, they can be tense and aggressive. In relationships, Rats are charming but have a hard time breaking off old relationships. Celebrity Rats include Sean Penn, Olivia Newton-John and Louis Armstrong.

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  1. Special thanks to Jake and Taylor for celebrating with us and our first grade buddies! This article is very appropriate for teen readers! Thank you for sharing and for the informative article!

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