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The Year of the Water Rabbit

The Year of the Water Rabbit

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The Year of the Water Rabbit The animals of the Chinese zodiac are more than lucky numbers and personalities; they symbolize a deep connection with China’s ancient cultural heritage. Rabbits have a unique place in Chinese history, mythology, and customs. 

According to the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Rabbit (兔年 tùnián) comes every 12 years. Last century’s Rabbit Years were 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1999. The most recent Rabbit Year was 2011 and 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit. People born in any of these years are born under the sign of the Rabbit (tùzǐ). We leap into this important zodiac sign on January 22nd. It promised to be a great year! The Rabbit embodies elegance, grace, peace, and good luck.

The animals of the Chinese zodiac are more than lucky numbers and personalities; they symbolize a deep connection with China’s ancient cultural heritage. Rabbits have a unique place in Chinese history, mythology, and customs. 


The Jade Rabbit

When a Chinese person looks at the moon, they often see the Jade Rabbit (Yùtù) standing under a cassia tree holding a precious elixir. This legend came about because long ago the Jade Emperor disguised himself as a beggar and embarked upon a journey to find a worthy animal to help him prepare the elixir of life. The noble Rabbit, willing to sacrifice himself as food for the beggar, jumped into a fire. However, the Jade Emperor saved the Rabbit and carried the Rabbit to the moon where he helps to create the elixir of life. In Chinese culture, the Rabbit waits for an opportune moment and then leaps into action. More than any other zodiac animal, the Rabbit symbolizes good luck.

In Japan, the Old Man of the Moon brings the Rabbit to live with him because of the Rabbit’s great kindness. The image seen on the surface of the moon in Japan is a rabbit pounding mochi rice cakes.


The Rabbit Personality

Rabbit people are said to live life free from the usual constraints and are in constant pursuit of their ideas. They are kind and gentle though they may have difficulty achieving great things. Certain people may take advantage of the Rabbit’s mild nature. Rabbits are sometimes guarded, careful and overly delicate when managing personal matters. They may be tenacious and ambitious, or become jealous when they don’t get their way.

People born under the sign of the Rabbit do not argue, preferring peace and quiet. They are good listeners, excellent negotiators and tend to work well on a team. This makes them especially congenial romantic partners. 

They are often artistic, creative and may have a strong desire to avoid stressful or risky situations. Rabbit are well suitable for careers related to literature, art, and music. When pessimistic or insecure, they are hesitant to make quick changes. All in all Rabbits are elegant, charming and generous. 


Rabbit Romance and Fame

The best romantic partners for people born in the Year of the Rabbit are born in the year of the Dog, Sheep, or Pig. All three share a compassionate, generous and loyal nature that makes it easy for them to appreciate the gentle Rabbit. Famous, brilliant and beautiful people born The Year of the Rabbit include: Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Ralph Lauren, Kate Winslet and Tiger Woods.


Lunar New Year Traditions

By far the most traditional of Chinese New Year traditions is the dumpling. Jiaozi are eaten on the First Day of the New Year. 

Often the whole family stays awake making them, filled with pork, shrimp, scallions or chopped boiled eggs, during New Year’s Eve. It is said that the more dumplings we eat, the richer we become in the New Year. They are heavy, rich and juicy. 


Digestive and Weight Loss Teas

To help digest Jiaozi or other rich, heavy foods and enjoy New Year’s Day here are digestive teas from Wing Hop Fung to keep you slim, healthy and happy all year long. 


Pu’Erh Teas 

Raw green or dark aged Pu’erh are delicious fermented teas that aid digestion like a probiotic.  Pu’erh teas support gut health and protect the heart and circulation. They are slimming because they reduce bloating, enhance metabolism and are well suited to accompany rich fat foods. 

Tuocha (dome-shaped bowl tea) is a special compressed tea made of Pu-erh. Item Number 120526. The small shape resembles a bird’s nest. Fermented teas have long been a home favorite, but this pu’erh tea was produced for sale beginning in 1902.

Yunnan Tuocha Tea is a great beverage for healthy weight loss while strengthening the body and enhancing longevity. It is aged and naturally fermented and has been revered in traditional tea societies in Asia for centuries thanks to its high concentration of polyphenols, catechins and flavonoids. Pu-erh tea is the most oxidized type of tea and just like fine wine, this tea leaf gets better with time. It mellows in flavor the longer it's aged. Some of the most rare and expensive pu-erh teas are aged for more than 50 years.

The tea leaves undergo a two-part fermentation process using Yunnan green tea leaves and a humid environment. This fermentation process allows beneficial gut bacteria to develop. It has a rich flavor and many health benefits such as: 

  • Boosts Energy
  • Heart Healthy
  • Cleanses Toxins and Free Radicals
  • Helps Prevent Cancer
  • Aids Weight Loss
  • Reduces Stress
  • Helps Immunity with antioxidants and vitamin C

Pu’erh’s fermentation process enhances its fruity, earthy, musky and peaty flavors. The rich, smooth consistency makes drinking Tuocha a delight and the many health benefits are an added bonus.

Here is a broad selection of tasty Pu’erh teas: https://winghopfung.com/collections/tea-1/Dark-Tea

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