|R in her new red dress|
|She had matching shoes too but hates posing:|
so this is as good as I could get!
The New Year is on a lunar calendar (which is why it often starts in February) and cyclical (there are two cycles, the short 12-year one and the longer 60-year one). For the shorter cycle, each of the years has a particular animal patron, who affects all events for the next twelve months. Everyone born during the year will also have a personality (and fate) heavily influenced by the animal as well: it's the equivalent of astrology in that sense. For many Chinese, though, it is taken much more seriously than Western astrology: for example, because the Dragon is often considered to be the best animal, there is always a mini "baby boom" during that year.
R is a Rabbit (which has always given me great pleasure as I love them); I am a Horse (which supposedly produces rather dominant women, true at least in my case). The year of the Snake is not the best for either of us, but not the worst either: rather a mediocre year. I guess we will see what happens!