Friday, February 11, 2011

Happy Bunny Year!

This is a bit late but I just want to tell everyone Happy Chinese New Year. It's the year of the rabbit according to the Chinese lunar calendar, which means an auspicious year for this sign. Rabbits are known to be wise, considerate, serene and fragile. They make excellent fashion designers, therapist, actors, PR agents and writers. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog. Here are some fascinating facts about these fuzzy creatures.

  1. Rabbits don't eat breakfast cereals. They are "coprophagous" animals, which means they favor poop over Trix.
  2. They don't eat or lay Cadbury eggs. They are strictly herbivores but love licorice now and then. It's not recommended to feed them sweets since they are incapable of throwing up food that upsets their stomach.
  3. Not all bunnies live in the Playboy Mansion. Only imaginary rabbits make their homes in various places. In reality, rabbits live in burrows except for cottontails which prefers above ground nests, same goes for hares. Rabbits and hares are related but not the same. Baby rabbits (kits) are altrical, meaning they are born without sight, hairless and helpless while hares are precocial, they are equipped with hair and eyes but asocial. So don't expect them showing up in your next tea party.
  4. Rabbits jump, not hop, for joy. Rabbits are happy creatures unlike Blinky from the Simpsons. They do the "happy dance" on occasion by twisting, twitching and jumping. This behavior is called binky.
source: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/chinese-new-year-5-fascinating-rabbit-facts

Below is a photo of Chinese Folk Artists in rabbit costumes in Beijing. The Chinese Lunar year is also known as the Spring Festival. It's celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the 15th day.

Source: Express Newspaper



Also check out the lantern festival. It's really beautiful – enjoy!



3 comments:

Dat Ben Guy said...

Catherine! The rabbits are cute!

The lantern festivals worry me now. I ph34r that the lanterns will land in farms and the rabbit kingdom, setting our poor unhuggable friends ablaze.

But they are beautiful whilst in the air.

-BuzzKill out

Cat said...

Don't worry I will save the bunnies, besides those lanterns are harmless.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

What a lovely post! The laterns remind me of jellyfish floating but nicer!