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The “Year of the Rabbit” begins on February 3

ChiChi, just one of the bunnies celebrating the Year of the Rabbit
ChiChi, just one of the bunnies celebrating the Year of the Rabbit
by Kristen Bowen

This year, February 3, 2011 marks the start of the Chinese New Year. According to the Chinese zodiac, this is the Year of the Rabbit. My readers may recall that I wrote an article back in 2009 on what great pets rabbits make. I personally own (err, am “owned by!”) three little dwarf rabbits, so in honor of not only my own rabbits, but to honor all rabbits, I wanted to inform readers of the 2011 Year of the Rabbit. The Year of the Rabbit occurs every 12 years, according to the Chinese zodiac, with other types of animals symbolizing the other alternating years. For example, if you were born in the Year of the Rabbit (e.g., 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and now 2011), it is believed, according to the Chinese zodiac, that you possess many exceptional qualities.

People who were born in the Year of the Rabbit are believed to be articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are considered to be virtuous, reserved, and have exceptional taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are prone to gossip, but are tactful and generally kind about it. Rabbit people rarely lose their composure. They are successful in business, very conscientious, and do not back out of a contract. Rabbit people would make good gamblers because they are believed to be able to choose the ‘right’ thing. However, they rarely gamble, because they are also conservative and wise. Rabbit people are most compatible with individuals born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog.

In honor of the 2011 Year of the Rabbit, I wanted to inform you of special celebrations that are going on to bring well-deserved attention to this incredible, fluffy critter. One of such celebrations will be going on at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, and the rabbits in the sanctuary’s Bunny House don’t want anybody forget about it!

During the month of February, the Best Friends rabbits always celebrate a little more than usual, because February also happens to be the international “Adopt a Rescued Rabbit” month. Since the Chinese New Year also happens to begin in February this year, the rabbits get to have their regular party, but the celebration will last all year this time! At Best Friends, the Bunny House rabbits always receive the best of care from the staffers there, but this year there will be extra celebrating – do I smell carrot cake?

The celebration will begin on February 3, and is sure to bring excitement for the rabbits and their caregivers alike for some time to come. At the sanctuary, the folks working at the Bunny House are busy preparing for the celebration by getting to work on coming up with rabbit-themed ideas for throughout this year. If you’re planning a trip to Best Friends this year, be sure to visit the Bunny House and see what’s happening!

The Bunny House staffers aren’t the only ones making a fuss about the Year of the Rabbit, however.

The Year of the Rabbit is a special event all over the world. For instance, museums are creating rabbit-themed art displays, and postage stamps in many countries will feature rabbits this year. There will be traditional "lion and dragon" dances, fireworks, temple visits, and flower markets to mark the arrival of Spring. The Year of the Rabbit is believed to be a calm one.

The rabbits at Best Friends believe anybody who associates him or herself with rabbits — by birth year or by choice — is most definitely lucky! Since the kickoff month of February is also Adopt a Rescued Rabbit month, the rabbits are secretly hoping that the true celebrations throughout the year will involve new loving homes for them. After all, who couldn’t use a little more good fortune in their life by owning a bunny?

"This will be a good year for all the bunnies," Best Friends' rabbit manager Debby Widolf says. "And they wish the same for everybody else!"

You are invited to take an online tour of the Bunny House!


Year of the Rabbit

Best Friends Bunny House

Rabbits as pets

Caring for rabbits

Adopt a Rabbit Month

Before Adopting a Rabbit

Rabbit Adoption Form - Best Friends

Donating to Best Friends


Want to know more about The Bunny House & Rescue Village? Watch these videos:

Home Page

Welcome to The Bunny House & Rescue Village


Analysis of the Rabbit Chinese Zodiac Sign

Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator

Chinese New Year: 5 fascinating rabbit facts

More info on the Year of the Rabbit

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