Year of the Rabbit, Chinese Zodiac 2023

Written by Sally Guo Updated Sep. 30, 2022

2023 is the year of the rabbit. It is a water rabbit year which occurs every 60 years. Year of the rabbit 2023 begins on the Chinese New Year from Jan. 22, 2023, to Feb. 9, 2024. 

The recent rabbit years are 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, and 2023… If you were born in one of the years, then your Chinese zodiac sign is the Rabbit.

People born in the Year of the Rabbit are quiet, gentle, and elegant. The most compatible zodiac signs for rabbit people are Goats and Pigs.

What Is a Rabbit Year?

The Chinese zodiac is a continuous cycle of 12 years, each year is represented by a zodiac animal. Based on astrology, the zodiac was used as a way to count years and hours in the Chinese lunar calendar in ancient times.

The Rabbit ranks fourth in this twelve-year cycle of Chinese zodiac animals. The 12 zodiac animals are (in order): Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. 2022 is the Year of the Tiger. 2023 is the Year of the Rabbit.

Years of the Rabbit 2023, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963...

The Year of the Rabbit comes every 12 years as a cycle. The Chinese zodiac year begins with the Chinese New Year. Which means it begins in late January or early February.

According to Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is associated with one of the five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. 2023 is the Year of the water rabbit. A Water rabbit year comes every 60 years.

Rabbit Years and Elements

Rabbit Years Birth Dates Elements
2023 22 Jan 2023 - 9 Feb 2024 Water Rabbit
2011 3 Feb 2011 - 22 Jan 2012 Gold Rabbit
1999 16 Feb 1999 - 4 Feb 2000 Earth Rabbit
1987 29 Jan 1987 - 16 Feb 1988 Fire Rabbit
1975 11 Feb 1975 - 30 Jan 1976 Wood Rabbit
1963 25 Jan 1963 - 12 Feb 1964 Water Rabbit
1951 6 Feb 1951 - 26 Jan 1952 Gold Rabbit
1939 19 Feb 1939 - 7 Feb 1940 Earth Rabbit

Chinese Zodiac Calculator

As the Chinese zodiac sign is calculated based on the lunar calendar, you will have to find out your lunar birthdates to find out your zodiac animal sign. Use the Chinese Zodiac calculator below to find out your zodiac sign and element.

What Is the Year of the Rabbit Personality?

Being gentle and approachable, people may have an illusion of thinking rabbits are relatively weak, but in fact, rabbit people have very strong willpower. They have their own ideas and will work hard to pursue their goals.

Rabbits are friendly and kind-hearted. They seldom offend others or argue with others. Rabbit people may not become powerful leaders like the tiger people, but they really are good friends.

Female Rabbit's Characteristics

With a kind and tender heart, female rabbits are approachable and have many friends. However, rabbit people are too soft with friends and children which makes them get hurt easily. Thanks to their sensitive characteristic, rabbit people are born artists.

Female rabbits are sensitive, they don't like to be constrained in a relationship. They don't fall in love with anyone easily. Once female rabbits fall in love with someone, they will set all their mind on their love. Because of their character, they are popular among many males. Above all, female rabbits value their families very much.

Male Rabbit's Characteristics

Almost all male rabbits were born with the same shortcoming – they have no ambition. They are sometimes very timid and lack security, which is possible because they are longing for a comfortable life. This characteristic makes male rabbits family-type people, they are fond of cooking, cleaning, mowing the lawn, and much other housework. They like to live stable life with their lovers. 

Earth, Wood, Fire, Gold, Water Rabbit's Personality

In Chinese elements theory, there are five elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth. Each zodiac year is associated with an element. Years with the same animal sign and element repeat every 60 years.

Chinese people believed that personal characteristics are associated with the birth of animal signs and elements. People born with different animal signs and elements will have different personalities. 

1. Water Rabbits (born in 1963 or 2023)

Though water rabbits are gentle and soft, they are persistent. People born in the year of the water rabbit can easily adapt to different environments. 

2. Gold Rabbit (born in 1951 or 2011)

People born in the year of the gold rabbit are enthusiastic and kind and have good relationships with other people. They don’t like ruthless competition, so it is not easy for them to make friends with people who are eager for quick success and instant benefit.

3. Fire Rabbits (born in 1927 or 1987)

Fire rabbits are broad-minded. They are not only good at finding talents but also good at cultivating talents. People born in the year of the fire rabbit are suited to be teachers.

People with the Zodiac Rabbit born in 1987 have soft and gentle personalities.

4. Wood Rabbit (born in 1915 or 1975)

People born in the year of wood rabbits are smart and resourceful. They think highly of relationships. Sometimes they are emotional. 

5. Earth Rabbits (born in 1939 or 1999)

Earth rabbits are domineering and have a high demand for work. Their impulsive temperament regularly got them into difficulties.

Rabbits' Personalities by the Month of Birth

Different characteristics may show up according to the month of birth. 

Month Personality
January kind-hearted, sincere, enthusiastic, and confident
February conservative, sometimes stubborn
March smart, hard-working, have the good fortune
April gentle, elegant, and intelligent
May kind-hearted, helpful, lively, and blunt
June talented, upstanding, and discreet
July self-reliant, rational, and calm; sometimes too cautious
August brave, generous, lively
September sometimes decisive sometimes indecisive, don't like competition
October independent, like to spend time alone 
November conservative, easy-going, and integrate
December confident, independent, and optimistic

Rabbit's Compatibility

Having a sensitive and tender heart, rabbit people look for supportive partners. According to Chinese Zodiac compatibility, Goats and Pigs are the most compatible with the Rabbit. 

Rabbit's Compatibility

Best Match with Rabbit: Goat and Pig

Rabbit people and goat people are both soft and kind. They will tolerate each other and enjoy married life.

Pig people and rabbit people share a lot in common. They both are family-type and don’t like schemes, so they get along great with each other.

Worst Match with Rabbit: Dragon

Dragons and Rabbits won't get along well. Rabbit people are sensitive and easily feel insecure. They rely on certainty and look for full support from their partners. However, people born in the year of the dragon are aggressive and self-centered. They are likely to overlook others’ feelings which the rabbit people cannot stand.

Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Calculator


Chinese Zodiac Rabbit's Best Jobs

People with the Chinese zodiac Rabbit have a wide range of interests. They have a sharp sense of art and a rational attitude towards life.  They often show their talents and creativity in arts, literature, music, and fine arts. Careers related to these areas are suitable for them.

In addition to the jobs that are related to art, works that require carefulness, patience, and good observation are also suitable for people with the Chinese zodiac Rabbit.

Best jobs for people with the Rabbit sign: teacher, artist, writer, priest, judge, police, musician, and accountant.

Rabbit's Horoscope in 2022

2022 would be a challenging year for rabbits. It is a mixed picture of their fortune. Some of them will be extremely lucky in their careers. Take this opportunity to try their strength in new horizons, they will reap a richer harvest.

However, rabbits would encounter their birth sign year in 2023, things will not go smoothly at the end of this year. They need to prepare well for the coming new year.

How to Get Lucky in 2023 for Rabbit People?

Rabbit people will encounter Ben Ming Nian (birth sign year) in 2023. They are thought to offend the God of Age, which will bring them bad luck. Don't worry. Follow the lucky things and avoid these unlucky ones below, it may help you have a smooth year in 2023.

Rabbit's Lucky Things

Rabbit's Lucky Things

Rabbit's Unlucky Things

Chinese Zodiac Horoscope Predictions in Year of the Rabbit 2023

The Year of the water rabbit is supposed to be a year of energy, changes, and possibilities. Entering Year of the Rabbit 2023, every zodiac sign's horoscope will change. Some will end the misfortune and get good luck. Some may encounter a number of difficulties.
Find out your fortune predictions in the coming new year.

Rabbit's Horoscope 2023

Rabbit’s Career in 2023: Rabbit people will have some good chances at work and meet new challenges this year. These attempts definitely improve their workability rapidly. For some reason, rabbits may not get a promotion soon this year. But don’t worry, every effort will pay off later.

Rabbit’s Wealth in 2023: Rabbit people should make good use of their money this year. They should avoid risky investments and save more money for unexpected needs. Do not believe anyone who promises huge profit. Before lending money to other people, they should think twice to avoid financial loss.

Rabbit’s Relationship in 2023: For single rabbits, it is a pleasant time for them to find the right partner. But they should make friends with strangers carefully and always guard against the harm others might do. Married rabbits should keep good communication with their partners and give more courage to help their partners get through this tough time. Otherwise, they were likely to lose heart.

Rabbit’s Health in 2023: Rabbits may suffer from nervous system disease this year because of their unstable mood. During this period, they are weak and can't even do anything with energy. The best way to solve this problem is to stay positive and keep a balanced diet. In the latter half of 2023, rabbits' health will improve.

Read monthly predictions on Rabbit’s Horoscope in 2023.

Famous People Born in the Year of the Rabbit

Introduction to the 12 Zodiac Animals

Listed below are all the 12 zodiac animals with detailed information, check out which animal sign you belong to and get lucky in 2022!

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