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Chinese New Year 2023: Black Water Rabbit

When is the Chinese New Year 2023?

The 2023 Chinese New Year Day is on Sunday, January 22, 2023 in China's time zone. This day is the new moon day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 4:53 on 2023-01-22, in the China time zone.

Chinese New Year 2023 animal sign is the Black Rabbit. Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems. The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of Yin Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) and 12 animals to rank the sequences. Five elements are connected to five colors - White, Black, Green, Red, and Brown. So Chinese use the color animal name to count the year. The name of 2023 is the Female Water Rabbit. Black is connected to Water. Therefore, 2023 is also called Black Water Rabbit Year.

The first day of the Black Rabbit year is not the Chinese New Year Day in Chinese Astrology. The first day of the Tiger month is the first day of the Chinese Astrology year. This day is called Start of Spring, which is the date when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. This day is around February 4, each year. 2023 Chinese Black Rabbit starts on February 4, 2023 in China's time zone. That means the Chinese Lunar New Year is not the first day of Black Rabbit Year. If a baby is born before February 4, 2023, then the baby's zodiac sign is the Tiger, not Rabbit.

2023 Chinese Lunar New Year, Chinese Year of the Rabbit

Coming Chinese New Year Days

Chinese New Year Dates in the China Time Zone
YearZodiac Animal SignNew YearFirst Zodiac
2023Black Water RabbitSunday, Jan. 22, 2023February 4, 2023
2024Green Wood DragonSaturday, Feb. 10, 2024February 4, 2024
2025Green Wood SnakeWednesday, Jan. 29, 2025February 3, 2025

The new moon time determines the new moon date. The new moon time is at 4:53 on Sunday, January 22, 2023, in the China time zone. Therefore, Chinese New Year Day is Sunday, January 22, 2023.The new moon time is at 4:38 on Saturday, January 21, 2023, in the US Pacific time zone. Therefore, the 2023 Chinese New Year Day is on Saturday, January 21, 2023 in the Pacific Time zone.

Chinese New Year Dates in US Pacific Time Zone
YearZodiac Animal SignNew YearFirst Zodiac
2023Black Water RabbitSaturday, Jan. 21, 2023Feb. 3, 2023
2024Green Wood DragonFriday, Feb. 9, 2024Feb. 4, 2024
2025Green Wood SnakeWednesday, Jan. 29, 2025Feb. 3, 2025

How Old is China?

The Chinese believe that the first king of China was the Yellow King (he was not the first emperor of China). The Yellow King became king in 2697 B.C., therefore China will enter the 4720th year on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Female Water Rabbit is the 40th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since 4720 = (60 * 78) + 40, therefore 2023 of Water Rabbit Year is the 4720th Chinese Year.

Some web sites say the year 2023 is the 4721st Chinese year. If you cannot find the explanation, here is a possible answer for you. The Yellow King's inauguration was held in the spring of 2697 B.C. But the calendar of Yellow King used the winter solstice day as the first day of the year. The winter solstice was on around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st means nothing to Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C. for a year, then the year 2023 is the 4721st Chinese year.

2023 is the 4720th Chinese Year. However, Chinese civilization is up to 8000 years. 大地灣文化 The Dadiwan relics show the civilization of houses, palaces, cooking tools, color pottery, weapons, artifacts and agriculture. Archaeologists doubt the I-Ching was invested there.

What's meaning of Black Water Rabbit?

癸卯 Gui-Mao is the Chinese zodiac name of Stem-Branch calendar for 2023. Each zodiac is labeled with a name of Yin-Yang Five Elements. Gui is Yin Water. Mao is Rabbit. Therefore, the name of 2023 is called Yin Water Rabbit. Yin is female and Yang is male. The color of Water is Black. 2023 is the Female Black Water Rabbit year.

The first Stem-Branch name is found in the document around 1739 B.C. The original stems and branches only use for counting the days. Using Stem-Branch to count for Month, Hour and Year sequences began around 206 B.C. during Chin dynasty and Han dynasty. Using the season changing information, Chinese Yin Yang Five Element scholars converted all zodiac signs into five elements. The theory of Five Elements becomes the foundation of Chinese fortunetelling.

Yin Water is rain, drizzle, dew, well water, pond, and small stream of water. Yin Water is female and it's chilly rain, cold water and the water deep inside the land. Water is connected to wisdom in the Chinese Five Element theory. The characteristics of Yin Water are timid, decent, introverted, smart, and scheming. The other traits of Yin Water are gloomy, enduring, conspiring, and unmanageable. In Chinese I-Ching, Water is connected to danger. Yin Water is the 10th element of 10 Heavenly Stems. It's the last element, which is between death and birth. Therefore, Yin Water is connected to the reincarnations and strong memories. The color of Yin Water is black or dark blue. The location of Yin Water is in the north.

Rabbit is the fourth animal sign of 12 Earthly Branches. Rabbit is in the Wood group according to the Chinese Five Element theory. Rabbit is Yin Wood, which is the tiny grass in the spring. Rabbit month is March, the middle month of spring season. Rabbits live underground, Rabbits have amazing fertility. They can reproduce the next generation very quickly. Rabbits are vegetarian options. The pet rabbits are strict herbivores. Therefore, Rabbit is connected to grass, tender leaf, or flower. The rabbit runs very quickly when exciting or fleeing. Rabbit is mild and calm. But the mothers of Rabbit do eat their young babies for some reasons. The characteristics of Rabbit are cautious, kind, friendly, elegant, artistic, conservative, self-indulgent, and compassionate.

Yin Wood of Rabbit is related to grass, weed, or vine. During cold winter, grass will wither and even dried up and die. Rabbit likes sunshine and doesn't like too much cold weather. Yin Wood can climb over the tall trees or walls. It can even speedily spread over the hill. Rabbit can become a good planner, consultant, or advisor.

Yin Water Rabbit ranks 40th out of 60 Stem-Branches. Yin Water is the Heavenly Stem and Rabbit is the Earthly Branch in the Chinese Zodiac calendar. The color of Yin Water is blue or black. Therefore, Yin Water Rabbit is the Black Rabbit.

Yin Water is connected to the rain, tap water, or small creek. The sign of Yin Water Rabbit is a wet Rabbit in the cold rain. Rabbit contains mainly Yin Wood. Yin Wood is a tender grass, vine, leaf, or flower. A leaf flowing on the small creek is a sign of traveling without a home. It's a challenge time to fight for the survival.

Rabbit month is March. Tiger hour is from 3 a.m. to 5 a.m. Rabbit is a spring time. The Yin Wood of the Rabbit likes the energy of sunshine to grow. If Yin Wood can find a tall tree, a wall, or a flat land, it can spread very quiclkly.

2023 Chinese Horoscope Forecasts

Chinese Fortune Calendar provides two different 2023 predictions. The first method is the simple Chinese Zodiac Prediction to analyze the relationship between Black Rabbit and your zodiac sign. The second method is the traditional Chinese Five Element Astrology. It will read your complete Chinese Astrology birth chart, Find Your Lucky Element, then forecast your luck in the Black Rabbit year. This way is required your correct birthday and birth time.

Chinese New Year Festival Before and After

Chinese New Year festival is from Chinese New Year Day to Chinese Lantern Festival for 15 days long. Chinese families have to prepare for the Chinese New Year festival a month ago. To understand those events, we need to know Chinese history and cultural background.

2023 Chinese Lunar Calendar

Chinese New Year Day is the first lunar day of the first Chinese lunar month. That means the new moon day is the first lunar day. The new moon day could fall to a different day in a different time zone. Therefore, lunar months have different patterns between China and the USA time zones. This will impact the Chinese Baby Gender Selection calendar.

Chinese lunar calendar is quite complicate. Actually, it has to work with the solar calendar. A lunar month has 29 or 30 days long. In order to match up the solar cycle, the Chinese lunar calendar has to add additional 7 lunar months every 19 years. The following topics are the detail explanations of Chinese Lunar calendar.

2023 Feng Shui for Chinese New Year

The 4-Green Star flies into the center palace of the 9-Star diagram in 2023. Therefore, the kua number of 2023 is 4-Green.


Lucky directions are
1 (White) is connected to Business, Romance, Social Relationships.
4 (Green) is connected to Intelligence, Academic Achievement.
6 (White) is connected to Windfall, Money, Power, Position.
8 (White) is connected to Money, Wealth.
9 (Purple) is connected to Happiness, Marriage.

Unlucky directions are
2 (Black) is connected to Illness and Sickness.
3 (Green) is connected to Quarrel, Dispute, Lawsuit.
5 (Yellow) is connected to Sick, Trouble, Bad Luck.
7 (Red) is connected to Robbery, Villain.
The most unlucky direction is Yellow 5 at western side. Do not have any remodeling in the western area of your house.

Planning 2023 Calendars

By Master Allen Tsai on May 20, 2023

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