The Rabbit is the fourth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. According to Chinese Calendar, the Year of the Rabbit starts on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011. It is said that people born in the year of the rabbit have grace, are cultured and have beautiful manners, so they make ideal diplomats.
A Buddhist legend tells us that Buddha summoned all of the animals of the earth to come before as he was preparing for his departure from this earth. But only thirteen animals came to bid him farewell. To reward these faithful animals he named a year after each of them.
This image is from the George Lilley fonds (V25.5-19-127) and was taken in 1952.