The year 2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit, the fourth animal in the Chinese 12 animal zodiac chart. The Year of the Water Rabbit comes every sixty years, as there are five elements altogether: wood, fire, earth, metal, water, each taking turn every twelve years.
Here are twelve Chinese idioms that use the word ‘rabbit’:
jiàn tù fàng yīng
Literal translation: to see the rabbit and release the eagle
Meaning: in time action, suitable for needs
quǎn tù zhī zhēng
Literal translation: the race between the dog and the rabbit
Meaning: pointless fight
tù zǒu wū fēi
Literal translation: the rabbit’s leaving and the crow’s flying
Meaning: time flies by
According to the legend, the sun was called the golden crow and the moon the jade rabbit. Hence, the metaphor using a rabbit and a crow to depict time.