Monday, January 2, 2023

Celebrate the Chinese New Year - 2023 The Year of the Rabbit


Three Rabbits
China, Qing Dynasty
Unidentified Artist

I originally offered this blog in 2011 but since 2023 is also the Year of the Rabbit I am sharing it again, along with additional stories and resources.

The Chinese New Year begins on January 22, 2023 until February 9, 2024.
The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 animal signs. 

These are some of the traits of those born in the Year of the Rabbit:

  • Reasonable
  • Friendly
  • Wise, fragile, tranquil, and serene,
  • Considerate
  • Diplomatic
  • Organized
  • Affectionate, co-operative, and pleasant.
  • They can also make great painters or musicians due to their sense of beauty and their love of creativity.
  • They possess good communication skills and make great teachers and counselors.


A Rabbit Story - Tibet

Cottontail Shoots the Sun
– Native American

The Dance for Water or Rabbit’s Triumph – South Africa

The Foolish Lion and the Clever Rabbit

How Rabbit Deceived Fox – Canada/Native American

How the Rabbit Lost His Tail - Brazil

How the Terrapin beat the Rabbit – Native American

How the Wolf, the Fox, and Rabbit Committed a Crime - Tibet

The Moon Rabbit - Jakata

Rabbit and Fox– Native American

The Rabbit and the Coyote – South America

Rabbit and the Moon Man – Native American

The Rabbits Liver – Korea

Rabbit Plays Tug-O-War – Native American

The Rabbit Throws Out His Sandal – South America

Rabbits Wish for Snow – Native American

The Smiling Rabbit - Mexico


Apples4theTeacher - Recommended reading. Children's books for the Chinese New Year.

Best Picture Books About Rabbits


DLTK Crafts – So many rabbit crafts here you will be hopping for hours!

China themed coloring pages

Chinese Dragon Puppet 
– Makes a great bookmark as well.

Chinese New Year Zodiac Wreath

Easy Origami Rabbit – An easy-to-follow YouTube video.

Enchanted Learning - Crafts and activities for the Chinese New Year.


China Word Search

Education World - Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit.

Chinese New Year Printables and Worksheets


Chinese New Year’s Games

Computer Games

Traditional Chinese Games


Chinese Folklore - Short Stories for Children to share during the Chinese New Year.

Chinese Proverbs

Myth and Moor – Folktales of rabbits and hares by Terri Windling.

Rabbits in Art and Storytelling – Two previous posts on my blog about the Chinese New Year in 2008 and 2009. While the stories are not about rabbit you will find information about the celebration that may be useful.  an

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Karen Chace 2011 Updated 2023 ©

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