Friday, February 4, 2011

Happy Lunar New Year of the Rabbit!

  Happy New (Lunar) Year of the Rabbit to all of you.  Are there any rabbits among my readers?  If so, these are your (supposed) characteristics:

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are conservative and wise.

Disclaimer: No, I definitely don't take this too seriously.  But it's kind of fun! And definitely part of the culture here.  The Year of the Rabbit seems to be a good year for weddings, and colleagues tell me that next year (the year of the Dragon) the number of births will swell in Hong Kong and China, as the Dragon is considered an especially auspicious birth sign.

You can find out more about all of this, as well as discover your own sign (and supposed characteristics)  at

On New Year's Day, we took a stroll on Nathan Road, here are some glimpses of what we got to see:

(OK I know these are not pictures of rabbits;  dragon dances still trump the little rabbit as the main feature of New Year's celebrations.)

Kung Hei Fat Choi! to all of you (roughly translated, Good luck and much fortune)

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