Celebrating the Lunar New Year: The Year of the Rabbit
Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) is coming in a couple of weeks and we love celebrating festivities. This festive event marks a new year in the lunar calendar and is celebrated worldwide in cultures including China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, and Tibet. Each lunar year
Nest Designs is excited to celebrate the Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year). This year, the lunar calendar celebrates the Year of the Rabbit on January 22nd.
The Year of the Rabbit
The lunar calendar follows a 12-year cycle and each year represents a different zodiac animal. The Year of the Rabbit represents a year of hope, longevity, peace, and prosperity. Little ones born in the Year of the Rabbit are thought of to be gentle, quiet, vigilant, quick-minded, kind, patient, and ingenious.
For those born in the Year of the Rabbit, here are some things that may bring you luck this year:
- The numbers 3, 4, 9
- Red, pink, purple, and blue colours
- The Spring season
- Northeast and southwest directions
People who were born in the years 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, and 1999 were born in the Year of the Rabbit.
Fun Facts about Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year)
- Lunar New Year falls on a different day each year and follows the lunar calendar.
- The colour red represents luck and wards off evil spirits. However, red doesn’t have the same significance in Korea and so people dress in bright colours instead of red during Lunar New Year.
- In the Vietnamese culture, people celebrate the Year of the Cat. This is because in the Vietnamese legend of the zodiac animals, the cat was the one who managed to find its way across the river and replaced the rabbit.
- During Lunar New Year, little ones receive a red envelop with money inside from their elders which represents luck.
- There are many practices and superstitions involved in the event. One ritual is cleaning your home to get rid of bad luck.
Nest Designs’ 2023 Rabbit Zodiac Prints
To celebrate the Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year), we are releasing two prints - one new print and a classic playful print. Our first drop will be a limited selection of products but stay tuned - we'll be releasing more products very soon!
The Tortoise & The Hare is a print inspired by one of Aesop’s legendary fables that teaches little ones the moral lesson of “Slow and steady wins the race.”. This fable teaches our kids to not underestimate themselves, to work hard, and they will succeed a their own pace and in their unique way. This print is a playful and modern take on the fable with subtle earthy hues.
Lazy Rabbit is a re-release of our classic print featuring a fun-loving rabbit relaxing in a carrot patch. This print is playfully brightened hues of teal and green.
You’ll find these prints on our products including our Startle Stop Sleep Bags, Swaddle Sleep Bags, Sleep Bags, Footed Sleep Bags, Sleepers, PJs, and more. Shop our Lunar New Year collection here.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Red Envelopes
During Lunar New Year, red envelopes filled with money are given to little ones to represent good luck, prosperity, and good wishes for the year ahead.
We love what this tradition represents and to celebrate, we are giving 3 Nest Designs red envelopes with every order (while supplies last). We’re excited for you to fill these envelopes and give them to friends and loved ones during these celebrations.
Wishing You a Happy & Prosperous Lunar New Year
It is part of the Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) tradition to send your friends, family, and neighbours well wishes for the new year. Some sayings you may use include:
- May your new year be filled with luck.
- May this year be full of wealth and prosperity.
- Wishing you longevity and health.
We hope that the Year of the Rabbit brings you and your loved ones warmth, joy, good health, and memorable moments.
Want to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit in style? Shop our Rabbit Zodiac prints here.