Where do the animals come in? An animal is used to represent each year in the Lunar calendar. There are 12 animals (rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig). 
What is the animal representing the 2023 Lunar New Year? The rabbit. Those born in the year of the rabbit (1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023), are talented, affectionate, good at forming close relationships, and seek out peace. 
What are some facts about rabbits?
The photo is of Ambassador Rabbit Piglet. Photo by Lauren Tiroletto