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    2023 Year of the Rabbit

    Lunar New Year is now a state holiday in California
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    California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill (AB) 2596 on Friday, officially making Lunar New Year a state holiday.

    The new state law, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell), authorizes any state employee to receive eight hours of holiday credit rather than personal holiday credit and utilize eight hours of vacation, annual leave or compensating time off to observe the Lunar New Year.

    The Lunar New Year, which usually takes place at the end of January or beginning of February, is predominantly celebrated by Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian communities.

    “Recognizing this day as a state holiday acknowledges the diversity and cultural significance Asian Americans bring to California and provides an opportunity for all Californians to participate in the significance of the Lunar New Year,” Newsom said.

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill officially recognizing Lunar New Year as a state holiday.

    Assembly Bill (AB) 2596, authored by Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell), was among the number of bills Newsom passed before the Friday midnight deadline.

    The new state law authorizes any state employee to receive eight hours of holiday credit rather than personal holiday credit and utilize eight hours of vacation, annual leave or compensating time off to observe the Lunar New Year.

    With the addition of the Lunar New Year, California now has three new state holidays, including Juneteenth and Genocide Remembrance Day.

    “The Lunar New Year celebrates a chance to leave behind the troubles of the past year and invite prosperity and good luck moving forward,” Newsom wrote in his signing message. “Recognizing this day as a state holiday acknowledges the diversity and cultural significance Asian Americans bring to California and provides an opportunity for all Californians to participate in the significance of the Lunar New Year.”

    According to Newsom, he is “immensely proud of the richness of diversity and backgrounds represented in our state and understand the importance of wanting to see one’s own experience reflected in state holidays.”

    The Lunar New Year, which usually takes place at the end of January or the beginning of February, is predominantly celebrated by Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and other Asian communities. Based on the lunar calendar, the special event marks the arrival of spring.

    Earlier this year, Rep. Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) introduced a new bill that would recognize Lunar New Year as a federal holiday in the U.S.



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    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Rabbit.

    Johnnie Walker Unveils 2022 Lunar New Year Bottle
    By Kyle Swartz - November 28, 2022

    Johnnie Walker Blue Label Year of the Rabbit.

    Johnnie Walker has unveiled their 2022 Johnnie Walker Blue Label Lunar New Year Limited Edition Design, featuring art from Shanghai-based fashion designer Angel Chen.

    The label for the Year of the Rabbit shows a “dynamic, modern interpretation” of 2023’s Zodiac animal, the rabbit, the company says. The rabbit signifies longevity in traditional Asian culture, and as an echo of the Johnnie Walker motto, Keep Walking, rabbits are shown hopping among mountains, the company adds.

    Chen, who studied fashion in the Central Saint Martin College of Art (London), says, “There’s a defiant energy to my illustrations which bring to life the vibrant spirit of the rabbit as it leaps across the design, symbolizing how we need to keep moving forward, spreading goodness throughout the year to come.”

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    the black rabbit year you say...
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    Rabbit stamps

    Dec. 12, 2022

    USPS Gets Festive With a Lunar New Year Stamp


    What:
    The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the Lunar New Year in San Francisco with the unveiling of the Year of the Rabbit Forever stamp.

    The first-day-of-issue event for the stamp is free and open to the public. News of the stamp is being shared with the hashtags #LunarNewYear and #LunarNewYearRabbit.

    Who:
    The Honorable Derek Kan, governor, U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

    The Honorable London N. Breed, mayor, San Francisco

    The Honorable Fiona Ma, state treasurer, California

    Jay Xu, director, Asian Art Museum

    When:
    Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at 11 a.m. PST

    Where:
    Asian Art Museum
    200 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    RSVP:
    Dedication ceremony attendees are encouraged to RSVP at: usps.com/lunarnewyearrabbit.

    Background:
    The Postal Service will issue the latest Lunar New Year stamp celebrating the Year of the Rabbit. This stamp design calls to mind the elaborately decorated masks used in the dragon or lion dances often performed in Lunar New Year parades. This three-dimensional mask depicting a rabbit is a contemporary take on the long tradition of paper-cut folk art crafts created during this auspicious time of year. The rabbit mask design incorporates colors and patterns with symbolic meaning.

    Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp and the pane with original art by Camille Chew.

    The Year of the Rabbit stamp is being issued in panes of 20. It will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price.

    Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays of the year for many Asian communities around the world and is primarily celebrated by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, Mongolian, Malaysian and Filipino heritage. Across these varied cultures, many traditions exist for ringing in a new year of good luck and prosperity.
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    2023 Year of the Rabbit films

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    2023 The Year of the Rabbit ~ My Latest Feature for YMAA

    2023 The Year of the Rabbit ~ My Latest Feature for YMAA

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    Hop up Pop up

    Dec 21, 2022
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    Lunar New Year White Rabbit hops into Pacific Place


    Artist's impression of the Lunar New Year decorations at the Garden Court, Pacific Place.

    We know, we know, Christmas has barely begun, but already we’re plunging into Lunar New Year.

    Pacific Place is getting ahead of the game and has now released details of its Lunar New Year decorations.

    This year China celebrates the year of the rabbit and of course symbolic associations with China’s iconic White Rabbit Creamy Candy sweets are perhaps inevitable. White Rabbit candy is a brand of milk sweet that has been produced in China since the 1940s. Today the sweets are China’s top brand of candy; such is their popularity over the years, they have even been gifted by China to an American president.

    Pacific Place will be collaborating with the candy brand throughout Lunar New Year with an exclusive pop-up store which opens in early January.



    Try a new sweet flavour at the White Rabbit Creamy Candy pop-up.

    The pop-up will be launching a new mango flavour of the much-loved White Rabbit sweet for the first time in Hong Kong, along with limited White Rabbit-themed merchandise. Visitors to the pop-up will also be able to sample flavours including red bean and coffee.

    And this year’s festive decorations at Pacific Place sees fluffy rabbits jumping through a contemporary Chinese landscape surrounded by peach blossoms and greenery.

    Celebrations for what is the year of the Water Rabbit will continue throughout January and February in Hong Kong and China. The sign of the rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity in Chinese culture. People born in the year of the rabbit (2023, 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951, etc.) are said to be witty, quick-minded and ingenious.

    The White Rabbit Creamy Candy pop-up store and Lunar New Year festive installation will be open from January 10 to February 5, 2023, Pacific Place shopping mall, Admiralty, Hong Kong. Lunar New Year falls on Sunday January 22 with public holidays in Hong Kong on January 23, 24 and 25, 2023.
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    Y'all want a creamy candy facial...doncha?

    Beauty & Grooming 06 Jan 2023 05:00 PM
    SK-II rings in Chinese New Year with a White Rabbit candy collab

    CHARMAINE NG
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    Feeling a little hungry, a little nostalgic with this new release.

    We’ve seen plenty of beauty and food brands work together over the years, with high-profile launches including Etude House x Hershey’s, The Face Shop x Coca Cola and even Fenty Beauty x HEYTEA. SK-II’s new Chinese New Year release, though, may just be the best collab yet, especially for us Hongkongers.

    To celebrate the Year of the Rabbit, the beauty giant’s cult-favourite PITERA Facial Treatment Essence has been given a new, time-limited look featuring the iconic White Rabbit. Tapping into our childhood nostalgia, the facial essence dons an all-white exterior, replicating the coat of a white rabbit, and is patterned with the candy brand’s recognisable red and blue shades.



    To accompany the special-edition bottle, SK-II has prepared matching red lai see packets covered in White Rabbit graphics. Get your hands on them with each purchase of the PITERA Facial Treatment Essence x White Rabbit product at selected stores in Hong Kong.

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    New Gods: Yang Jian - Exclusive Clip (2023) Wang Kai, Ji Guanlin

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    incensed... good one


    Poor taste? Thai KFC fans incensed by now-deleted Lunar New Year promo

    Incense has multiple ceremonial uses in Chinese culture, including to honour the dead.

    by HONG KONG FREE PRESS
    09:00, 16 JANUARY 2023

    Fast food giant KFC has incensed its Thai customers with a now-deleted Lunar New Year promo which many found to be in poor taste.


    Photo: KFC Thailand via Instagram.
    Ahead of the festive season, the eatery shared an Instagram promotion for its new fried chicken incense sticks. It is unclear if the product was real, but each stick reportedly contained 11 herbs and spices to mimic the smell of its fried food, according to news portal Thaiger.

    Incense has multiple ceremonial uses in Chinese culture, including to honour the dead.

    “[O]ur ancestor can enjoy the scent of KFC…” wrote one Instagram commenter. “That’s so inappropriate,” wrote another user.

    “So many things wrong with this. You’d that they would know Chinese culture better,” one Twitter reaction read.

    Ho Ching, the wife of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien, was among those who shared the promotional material, accompanied by the exclamation: “Wah…”

    The blunder comes a year after UK newspaper the Observer faced flak for using Chinese funeral joss paper in a “cursed” Lunar New Year food feature.
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    Blanc de Blancs = white rabbit?

    Year of the Rabbit 2019
    The “Year of the Rabbit” celebrates the Rabbit, the 4th of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. It is a vintage Blanc de Blancs, made from a single vineyard Chardonnay block on our Thomas Road Vineyard. The Rabbit symbolizes hope, long life, tenderness and beauty. Rabbit years include 1939, 1950, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023 making this the perfect gift for anyone expecting a baby … and for those celebrating a milestone birthday, like turning 60.



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    2023 Kung Fu Horoscopes

    2023 Year of the Water Hare by Wilson Sun (with Gigi Oh and Gene Ching)

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    2023 Year of the Rabbit

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