The first day of the 2011 Chinese New Year is on February 3, 2011 in China's time zone. This day is a new moon day, and is the first day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 10:31 on 03-Feb-11 in China time zone.
If we apply Chinese lunar calendar system on the USA time zones, we find something interesting here. In the US Eastern Standard Time (EST), the new moon time is at 21:31 of 02-Feb-11. In the US Pacific Standard Time (PST), the new moon time is at 18:31 of 02-Feb-11. Therefore, the Chinese New Year Day for USA time zones is on February 02, 2011.
The new moon time is at 02:31 on 03-Feb-11 of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and at 03:31 on 03-Feb-11 of Time Zone GMT+1. That means that the Chinese New Year day is on February 03, 2011 for European countries.
The Year 2011 is the 4708th Chinese year. 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 4708th year on February 3rd, 2011. Also, the Chinese Year uses the cycle of 60 Stem-Branch counting systems and the Metal White Rabbit is the 28th Stem-Branch in the cycle. Since (60 *78) + 28 = 4708, therefore 2011 is the Metal Rabbit year, which is the 4708th Chinese Year.
Some web sites say the year 2011 is the 4709th 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 day that was used as the first day of the year was the winter solstice, which was around December 23rd, 2698 B.C. Today's January 1st meant nothing to the Yellow King. If we count that extra eight days in 2698 B.C., then year 2011 is the 4709th Chinese year.
2011 is the year of Rabbit. Some people say 2011 is a Golden Rabbit, White Rabbit, Metal Rabbit year. This is because the Stem-Branch Calendar is connected to Five Element theory. Chinese calendar used the Stem-Branch system to count the days, months and years. There are 10 Stems and 12 Branches in this system. Stems are named by the Yin-Yang and Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth). The Stem sequence order is Yang Wood, Yin Wood, Yang Fire, Yin Fire, Yang Earth, Yin Earth, Yang Metal, Yin Metal, Yang Water and Yin Water. Branches use the animal names.
The Branch sequence order is Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Chicken, Dog and Pig. Stem and Branch are used together to form a cycle of 60 counting systems which begin with Wooden Rat and end with Water Pig. You can see the entire sequence from the Chinese New Year's page. From 1924 to 1983 is a complete cycle. Year 2011 is Female Metal Rabbit the 28th of the Stem-Branch in the system. Because Metal is connected to Gold and is equivalent to the color White in the Five-Element system, Year 2011 is also called the White Rabbit or Golden Rabbit year.
Vietnam is next to China. Vietnamese culture is influenced by China since thousand years ago. Today, the Rabbit is replaced by Cat in the Vietnamese 12 horoscope animal signs. The following is the Vietnamese explanation.
Pets in Vietnam are popular for thousands of years. Vietnamese keep dogs to guard their houses and cats to protect food and rice from rats. The cat is smooth talker, talented with patient personality and stays in conflict with the rat. The cat hours are between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. ?when cats begin to prowl. Cats are closer to humans than rabbits, therefore, Vietnamese prefer cats over rabbits as zodiac animals.
From the Chinese astrology view, Rat is in the Water group and Rabbit (Cat) is in the Wood group. Water is the mother element of Wood. Rat and Rabbit don't have a direct conflict. Rat is active during the dark (midnight). If cat sleeps during that time, cat cannot guard the food. Cat then wouldn't see the rat after 5 a.m. Also, Tiger and Cat are felids, which is the biological family of cats. Because they are similar, it is not suitable to have both in the horoscope.
Rabbit in Chinese is , which is pronounced TU. The Chinese astrology calendar symbol for Rabbit is MAO. Cat's Chinese is , which is pronounced MAU. It is possible that Chinese people talked about MAO but as the word spread, might eventually be heard as MAU to Vietnamese. Then becomes and Rabbit becomes Cat. more...Chinese New Year Festival and Parade
Chinese New Year Festival in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Singapore spans 15-day long till New Year Lantern Festival. The detail is at The Celebration of 15-Day Chinese New Year Festivals page.
The schedule Chinese New Year Festival and Parade in US major Chinatowns usually is on the weekend before or after Chinese New Year Day. You need to check the schedule at the Lunar New Year Parade Location and Schedule page.
2011 Chinese New Year Day is on February 03, 2011 the Astrological Year of Rabbit begins on February 4, 2011
In China's time zone, the first day of the Metal Rabbit Year is February 4, 2011, because February 4th, 2011 is the first day of Tiger month and the Tiger month is the first month of the year in Chinese Fortune-Telling Calendar system.
In the Chinese Fortune-Telling calendar, the first day of the first month, Tiger month, is called "Start of Spring", which is when the sun enters the 315th degree on the tropical zodiac. In the China's time zone, the time of the Start of Spring is at Feb-04 12:34. So the first day of the White Rabbit year 2011 is on 04-Feb-11.
The time of the Start of Spring is on Feb-03 at 23:34 for US EST zone and on Feb-03 at 20:34 for US PST zone. So the first day of White Rabbit Year in USA is on 03-Feb-2011.
The Chinese New Year Day is very close to the first day of the astrology calendar in 2011. Sometimes both dates are more than 10 day apart. In that cases, babies born in February 2011 may be confused about their Chinese astrology birth year animal signs. This is because it is a common misconception that the astrology animal signs begin on the Chinese New Year day. Actually, Astrology animal signs are base on the Start of Spring, the first day of astrology year. For example, if a baby was born on the Chinese New Year Day in 2011, then its animal sign is the Tiger, not Rabbit because the birthday is before the Start of Spring. If you are still confused about your animal sign, we have an Animal Sign page for people to verify their Chinese birth year animal signs.
2011 Chinese Horoscope Forecast
To forecast our luck in the coming years, we first have to know what elements and animals are in our Birth Chart from Find Your Lucky Element page. 2011 is the year of Male Metal Rabbit. Rabbit contains Wood. If your Lucky Element is Wood, then you will gain some degree of good luck in 2011.
The complete Chinese Five Element Astrology is at Chinese Astrology 2011 for The Year of White Rabbit.
Rabbit is very friendly and attractive animal. Rabbit has good relations with other animals. When the other animals have an attraction with Rabbit, they all fall in love with Rabbit wholeheartedly. They will give way to Rabbit all the time. Rabbit contains pure Wood. Rabbit and Tiger together form a strong force of dry Wood. Rabbit and Dragon together form another strong wet Wood. Rabbit and Pig together make Wood stronger. It's the same with Rabbit and Sheep; together they can make Wood stronger too.
Rabbit and Dog together form a strong force of Fire. This is the love relationship. That implies that people born in year of Dog will have good people social relationship, good romantic time or good marriage life. Rabbit and Chicken together will have fighting relationship. Therefore people born in the Chicken year might have something unhappy happening in 2011.
If Chinese Five Element Astrology is too complicated for you, then try the animal sign Chinese Horoscope at 2011 Chinese Horoscopes using 12 Chinese Zodiac Signs by birth Year
How to Pinpoint to the Lucky Days
People are always interested in knowing which days their luck will come. To determine the coming of good luck, we need to study the Stems and Branches relationships among Daily, Monthly, Yearly, Current Major Cycles and the Birth Chart.
There is an easy and simple way to find your really lucky day. First, the current Year must mainly contain your Lucky Element. Next, you look for the Month mainly contains your Lucky Element in the Stem and Branch systems. Then look for days that will contain mainly your Lucky Element. The theory is that Year brings Lucky Element into the Month; Month gathers the energy of Lucky Element and Day triggers the luck out. To find the Five Elements on certain month or date in from the following links. The easy way is from Chinese Fortune Angel astrology software.
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It requires many steps to foresee your fortune from our web site. To make it easy for you, we have created a Free Daily Chinese Astrology for you. When 2011 comes, then you can see the Chinese Astrology prediction for your daily, monthly and yearly cycles. Our Chinese Astrology focuses on your Money, Career and Fame.
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If you are serious about Chinese astrology, then try your Year 2011 Chinese Astrology and Major Cycles Astrology.
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Feng Shui 2011
The most unlucky direction is Yellow 5 at East. Do not have any remodeling in the direction of East in your house. The western direction is unlucky, because of the conflict with Rabbit. The best direction is north. Northwest is next choice. Find the special relationships between year 2011 and the houses is from Feng Shui Flying Stars page. There is more detailed information in the Farmer Calendar CD.
The Cycle of Sow and Reap When things go wrong, you must know the astrology cycle and prepare for the next lucky days.
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