The Year of the Rabbit has arrived. Or is yet to come when the Chinese will be celebrating their New Year on February 3, 2011 based on their Lunar calendar.
Assuredly, it is going to be a leaping, promiscuous, Year of the Rabbit, which will be on a Thursday this year.
In the City of Bacolod, its Filipino-Chinese community has started celebrating what is called the Bacolaodiat or the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Bacolod City which has been announced to be celebrated on February 3 to 5, Thursday to Saturday, on streamers lined up along the city’s major thoroughfares.
The month of February 2011 which has only 28 days this year has four Sundays falling on the 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.
This means to say that the Love Month which is also the Art Month, will have celebrations other than the Bacolaodiat such as the Artekalye and of course, Valentine’s Day, which incidentally falls on a Monday. This day also marks the first anniversary of the first and only wedding celebrated on the street of Artekalye in the entire Philippines.
The Chinese believes that the Year of the Rabbit is a year of catching one’s breath and calming one’s nerves. It is a time for negotiation, so it is not advisable to force issues, otherwise, it is doomed to failure.
According to eastern soothsayers, the greatest benefits of 2011 is to focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and relationships with women and children. Thus, it is advisable to create a safe and peaceful lifestyle in order to be able to calmly deal with any problem that may arise.
Surely, expect another great year is up ahead in the prolific Year of the Rabbit.