Happy Chinese New Year, everybody! From now until January 23, 2012, consider it the Year of the Rabbit (with the Year of the Tiger having just wrapped and the Year of the Dragon on the horizon). In China, the celebration of the new year is a 15-day affair, so hang out your red lanterns (to ward off the mythical man-eating beast Nian) and prepare to party.
The 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig) are each meant to inform the personalities of the people born during their particular years. People born during the Year of the Rabbit (which includes anybody born in 1975, 1987 and 1999) tend to be soft-spoken, sensitive, artistic and reserved. But which celebrities are denizens of the Rabbit? The list from 1975 includes 50 Cent, Eva Longoria, Enrique Iglesias, Jack White, “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks, 2010 MTV Video Music Awards host Chelsea Handler and “Tosh.0” host Daniel Tosh, while the list from 1987 features “Gossip Girl” actress Blake Lively, tennis sensation Maria Sharapova, Zac Efron, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby, Hilary Duff and Jesse McCartney.
In order to properly celebrate the Chinese New Year, we’re going to turn to our friends in Man Man, an brilliant envelope-pushing experimental rock band from Philadelphia. They are best known for providing the background song to a memorable Nike advertisement starring Rainn Wilson, but they are one of the strangest, most thrilling acts on the planet, and their video for “Rabbit Habits” is equally fascinating and weird.