Chinese ready for upheaval, sex in Year of the Rabbit

Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:08am EST
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By Ben Blanchard and Michael Martina

BEIJING (Reuters Life!) - The Chinese Year of the Rabbit promises to bring political upheaval from restless youth and sex scandals for the amorous, but in China the government is at least likely to bring inflation under control.

Twelve animals make up the traditional Chinese zodiac, with each year having its own peculiar and unique beliefs, some specific to certain provinces, such as being an auspicious time to give birth or open a new business.

The rabbit is believed to be one of the happiest signs, with people born in that year renowned for their kindness, reliability and loyalty, though with an air of mystery and propensity to cry.

"The Rabbit represents mid-spring when trees and plants are prospering," said Raymond Lo, a Hong Kong-based feng shui master.

"It represents youth, motion and activity and so it will be an energetic year with new movements of young people and more young people demanding changes and reform in politics," he added.

The rabbit, whose year begins on February 3 and is marked by a week-long holiday in China, is also known for romance.

"As such, it will be a year of more sex scandals and sexual affairs," Lo said.

A-list Hollywood couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, both of whom are rabbits, born in 1963 and 1975 respectively, may be taking a risk if they choose the coming year to finally tie the knot, said well-known Taiwan fortune teller Chan Wei-chung.   Continued...

<p>A worshipper touches a relief of a rabbit at the Bai Yun Guan (White Cloud Temple), ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Beijing Juanuary 28, 2011. REUTERS/Christina Hu</p>