Colorful Chinese Zodiac Animals – Year of the Rabbit. Created with pastel pencils on pastelmat, 9″ x 12″. Completed July 2018. A rabbit in a rainbow of colors! Did this one a little differently than the last ones in this series. I left the background white, left out the symbol, and have somewhat less intense colors. Let me know what you think of this style!
Information on the Rabbit in the Chinese Zodiac
The Rabbit is associated with the following years in the Chinese Zodiac: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, and 2011, with the next one being in 2023. Those born in the Year of the Rabbit are said to be sensitive, graceful, and amiable. Their best match is the sheep, pig or rabbit. They should avoid anyone from the rabbit year.
Their lucky elements are as follows: flowers are plantain lily, nerve plant and snapdragon; colors are black, pink, purple, blue and red; numbers are 3, 6, and 9; and direction is West (with northwest and southwest). Their associated element is wood. Their energy is Yin.
Many people are aware of the zodiac years, but not many know that the Chinese zodiac animals also have corresponding months, days and even hours. The animals assigned to a month is the inner animal, the day is the true animal, and the hour is the hidden animal.
Rabbits rule the second lunar month, which corresponds to March 6th – April 4th in the solar calendar. Their season is Spring. Their day is Friday. The hour of the rat is from 05:00 – 07:00 (5:00 AM – 7:00 AM).