As a little boy, it was all about firecrackers, the dragon and the lion dance. That’s what got me excited about the Chinese New Year. I must have been about 12 years old when I joined one of many kung fu clubs in Chinatown. There I was among a dozen kids wearing our black satin kung fu pants and white t-shirt, marching along with the parade heading up East Pender Street. If only I had a camera then.
February 8, 2016 marked the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, and the beginning of the Chinese or Lunar New Year, according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice and runs until the 15th day of the first calendar month.
The Monkey is the ninth of 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The Monkey sign is considered to be clever, all-powerful and god-like. In earlier times, the official title of “marquis” in Chinese was pronounced “hou”, which was similar to the pronunciation of “monkey” in Chinese. As a result, the monkey was given auspicious meaning.
Are you a Monkey?
People born in the Year of the Monkey are generally characterised as lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. They are also known for their strong will, drive to succeed, excellent memory, skillfulness, and passion. The Monkey years include 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, and 2004.
Perfect matches for the Monkey are the Ox and Rabbit who have several similarities in personality and life. They can tolerate everything of each other, as long as they have enough space and freedom and have a strong sense of curiosity to get to know each other. Animals for the Monkey to avoid are the Tiger and Pig. With these animals, the Monkey will find it difficult to communicate with patience and respect.
Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrall, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez
Lucky Monkey Signs
- Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 8
- Lucky colours: white, gold, blue
- Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
- Lucky directions: north, northwest, west