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Happy New Year of the Rabbit

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 by

Chinese New Year of Rabbit Greeting Card

Happy New Year!

We wish our Chinese participants, veterans and student cooperators happy and prosperous New Year of the Rabbit!

A bit of introduction for those of you living in the West and not being up-to-date on Chinese mythology ;-)

Chinese New Year is a lunar year. And the occasion has similar meaning in the society as Christmas in the West. It’s a great festival and holiday celebrated by families.

Now the Rabbit isn’t just an ordinary rabbit. It’s actually a Moon Rabbit or Jade Rabbit. He lives on the moon and makes medicines and elixirs there.

Interestingly, the rabbit was mentioned during Appollo 11 approach to the moon:

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Houston: Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning there’s one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit. An ancient legend says a beautiful Chinese girl called Chang-o has been living there for 4000 years. It seems she was banished to the moon because she stole the pill for immortality from her husband. You might also look for her companion, a large Chinese rabbit, who is easy to spot since he is only standing on his hind feet in the shade of a cinnamon tree. The name of the rabbit is not recorded.

Collins: Okay, we’ll keep a close eye for the bunny girl.

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Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and also in Chinatowns elsewhere.

If you are curious, you can find a lot more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_rabbit

Questions? Ask below :-) In English, please.

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