The Lunar New Year is marked by the first day of the lunar year and is the most celebrated festival on the Tibetan Plateau. It is a symbol of new beginnings; rituals are performed to destroy evil influences; positive forces are conjured with wholesome acts to bring about merit. The Tibetan calendar follows the twelve animal cycles, each of which lends unique characteristics to its bearer.

This coming year, we welcome the Water Rabbit of 2023, marked as a year of hope. The Rabbit is considered the luckiest of all the zodiac animals. They are spiritual and peace loving by nature and loathe any kind of aggression. They are compassionate, cautious, apt at resolving conflicts, calm and tactful. They are also creative, intelligent, loyal, generous, honest and witty.