Feb. 3: Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy New Year! The Year of the Rabbit starts now.

Couples now breeding like bunnies are doing so for good reason: People born after today, which marks the first day of the Year of the Rabbit, are considered the luckiest of all.

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2011 is deemed the “Year of the Rabbit.” The Chinese zodiac calendar follows a 12-year cycle, meaning if you were born in 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 or 1999, you’re a rabbit, too. So what does that say about you?

Similar to the gregarious long-eared mammal, humans born during the doe-eyed year are popular and social. They are also celebrated for their creative genius, sophistication, talent, honesty, ambitious nature and friendliness. On the flipside, rabbits are criticized for being aloof and oversensitive.

For those unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac, characteristics within the cycle are touched by the influences of fire, earth, metal, water and wood; those born this year are “metal rabbits.” Sure, that sounds more like a tin-can pet for Robocop, but what it really translates to is prosperity. Since metal is the element most closely associated with wealth, if 2011 rabbits remain industrious and diligent, they can eventually expect to cash in.

Now, back to the rabbits that have already been born: You have a lot to look forward to this year (11 favorable months; one unfavorable), according to Yahoo. The site’s advice: “Bring forth a bit of bravery. Bring out your inner animal.” Roar! I mean, nibble.

Last, some advice: Rabbits should make friends with Goats and Pigs. But avoid Roosters. After all, they’re just a bunch of cocks.

Happy new year!