It is official, the year of the monkey begins!
Starting today, February 8, 2016, the year of the monkey begins so…..Gon xi fa cai! Or Kung hei fat choy! (If you are speaking Cantonese).
Welcome, year of the fire monkey.
The Chinese new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year.
The festivities usually start the day before the New Year and continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year.
The Chinese zodiac is composed of 12 animals. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, with the major difference being that each house has a time length of one year instead of one month.
So, this year it’s the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the cycle. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.
Peridot and diamond monkey brooch, photo courtesy of Sotheby’s.
David Webb monkey brooch, photo courtesy of Pinterest.
The personality of the Monkey
People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous, but it is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.
The general image of people from this zodiac sign is intelligence especially as it applies to their career.
In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them a happy love life. Starting to think Monkeys have no shortcomings? They do, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.
- Strengths: sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, self-assured
- Weaknesses: suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, jealous
Swing from the branches you crazy monkeys!