The Year of the Rabbit begins on February 3rd according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Rabbit is said to be a year to catch your breath and calm down after the ferocious Year of the Tiger.
To mark the New Year, the Chinese eat certain foods to symbolise good fortune and prosperity. For example, long, uncut noodles are eaten for longevity. Whole fish (from head to tail) or whole chicken (head and feet intact) are served to symbolise completeness.