According to the chinese calendar , 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit,
which is also known by its formal name of Xin Mao. February 3rd is the Chinese New Year and according to the Chinese calendar, it is the year of rabbit. Today also marks the celebration of Tet, Vietnamese New Year
Chinese people across the world are marking the first day of the Lunar New Year – and in China, over a billion people are ushering in the Year Of The Rabbit with huge celebrations featuring traditional lion dances and fireworks and the passing of the ubiquitous valuable red packets.
Year of the rabbit 2011 _ Happy chinese new year (Chun Jie)
People born in the Year of the Rabbit are kind and loving, with grace, culture and beautiful manners. Although they may appear frail, Rabbits are in fact strong-minded and strong willed. They pursue their ideals in a precise and orderly fashion and, as cautious characters, act slowly and deliberately. They often make ideal diplomats or politicians. 2011 is the Year of the Metal Rabbit, with Metal giving Rabbits a more resilient demeanor.
2011 is the year of XinMao .
Chinese New Year of rabbit is the symbol of affection, family ties, care and peace. According to them this year will celebrate all these qualities and there will be peace in the word and in relationships. The Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon of the first of the New Year and is practiced till 15 days, till the end of the full moon. One of the major customs among Chinese people on New Year is to tie the New Year wish to the wishing tree. This wishing tree is present in the Taoist White Cloud at Beijing. People visit the temple and make a wish with the believe that it will come true
Xin Nian Kuai le! Gong xi Fa cai!
Chun Jie Kuai le! Gung Hay Fat Choy!
The Chinese Lunar Calendar names each of the twelve years after an animal. (Someone said perhaps that the years should more properly be numbered from 0 to 11!) The cycle is: rat/mouse, ox/cow, tiger, hare/rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram/sheep/goat, monkey, rooster/chicken, dog, pig/boar. That is within a larger 60 year cycle that started in 1984.
The year of the rat starting in 2008 began the current 12 year cycle, 2020 will start a new one.
The Chinese zodiac for the next 12 years is:
2011 – Rabbit
2012 – Dragon
2013 – Snake
2014 – Horse
2015 – Sheep (Goat)
2016 – Monkey
2017 – Rooster
2018 – Dog
2019 – Pig
2020 – Rat
2021 – Ox
2022 – Tiger
Chinese new year EVENTS
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade (SYDNEY )
7:45pm – 9:45pm on Sunday, 6th February from Town Hall to Darling Harbour
The highlight of this year’s Chinese New Year celebration, Sydney’s annual Twilight Parade will be a feast for the senses with fabulous live music, amazing floats, flamboyant dragons, dazzling costumes, beautiful illuminated zodiac lanterns and much more.
Limited Seating Area Tickets: $60 + GST per person
Info/bookings: (02) 9265 9333
THE FIRST EMPEROR: CHINA’S ENTOMBED WARRIORS
The exhibition reveals the fascinating story of a key figure in world history, who unified China, leaving a legacy that has lasted over 2000 years.
Drawn from institutions in Shaanxi province, including the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Emperor Qin Shihuang.
- Between Thursday 02 December andSunday 13 March from 10.00AM to17.00PM
Open daily 10am – 5pm,
Wednesdays from 5 January until 9pm
Saturdays from 8 January until 8pm
Chinese New Year late opening
Saturday 5 February until midnight
Art Gallery of NSW, Art Gallery Road The Domain Sydney 2000 Venue details
Family (2 adults + up to 3 children): $55
Chinese New Year – Darwin
Celebrate and enjoy the festivities of the coming of Chinese New Year.
The 2011 Chinese New Year falls on Thursday February 3 – the Year of the Rabbit. The Chinese New Year Lion Dance Troupe Shop and Street Blessings will be on the 12 and 13 February 2011 and the 19 and 20 February 2011.
The main event, held on Friday 11 February 2011, is the popular Chinese New Year Banquet at SkyCity Darwin, which comprises a sumptuous Chinese banquet and local Chinese entertainment. Everyone is welcome, but places fill quickly.
Chinese New Year Celebrations in Perth
Whats on during the Chinese New Year?
On Sunday 14 February, City of Perth’s World Show Music Carnival will pay tribute to the Chinese culture as part of the City of Perth’s celebrations for Chinese New Year. The event will feature Tai Chi and martial arts demonstrations, traditional Chinese dances and performances by Perth’s premier Chinese musicians.
The World Showcase Music Festival will utilise the event space and the giant LED screen in the Northbridge Piazza from 5pm to 7pm.
These free, family friendly event will showcase:
• Chung Wah Chinese Orchestra with the Chung Wah Singing Group
• A tribute to Chinese culture from Perth’s premiere Chinese musicians
• Tai Chi with Shireen
• A demonstration of an ancient martial art
• Chung Wah Dance Group
• Traditional Chinese dances
Hong Kong star Eric Suen Yiu Wai will help revellers ring in the Chinese New Year.
BURSWOOD Entertainment Complex is pulling out all the stops to celebrate the Chinese New Year, beginning on February 2.
is featuring a traditional Chinese New Year nine-course banquet; 88 Noodle Bar will have a range of celebratory dishes, and Carvers will have an Asian-style buffet for $15.95 a person.
Burswood Theatre is also holding an exclusive concert featuring Hong Kong Canto-pop star Eric Suen Yiu Wai and former Miss Hong Kong runner-up andStrictly Come Dancing 2 winner Grace Wong.
Buy tickets to the concert through Ticketek.