Year of the Monkey: Facts about Chinese New Year 2016
Date of the Chinese New Year 2016
The Chinese New Year will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016. This date is based on the Chinese calendar. Even though China still uses the Gregorian or Global Calendar for business purposes, Chinese people prefer to follow the Chinese lunar calendar when it comes to determining their special occasions such as new years and festivals.
Release the monkey!
Chinese New Year 2016 is the year of the monkey. Did you know that it is the 9th of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac cycle? And there are actually five monkeys! In Chinese astrology, each year is affiliated with a zodiac animal with one of the five elements: Fire, wood, water, gold and earth; it is said to affect your traits and destiny. This year, we are celebrating the year of the fire monkey!
To give you knowledge about the five monkeys, we’re giving you the sign combinations that occur every 60 years. If you’re born in 2016 or 1956 then you’re a fire monkey which means that you’re adventurous but a bit irritable. If it happens that you are born in the year 2004 or 1994, there’s a possibility that you are a kind-hearted person but with a chunk of stubbornness. Water monkey is the chosen zodiac animal for the year 1992 and 1932 which indicates that you are smart but conceited. If your birth year landed in 1980 or 1920, gold monkey is for you; you’re smart and confident yet stubborn and annoying. Lastly, if your year is 1968 or 1908 then you might be optimistic, frank and fearless. This is quite interesting, right?
Why celebrate the Chinese New Year 2016?
There are actually many legends about the origin of Chinese New Year but the main reasons are to celebrate the past year’s hard work and to wish an abundant year. Chinese people believe that a good start leads to a whole lucky year; this tradition has now been applied to other races. Nowadays, other ethnicities also follow this tradition; they buy rounded fruits as sign of prosperity, wear colorful clothes to bring them colorful life throughout the year and they even consider the usage of fireworks at New Year’s Eve to expel evil spirits around the area. All of these beliefs are influenced by the Chinese.
Now that you know some of the facts on the upcoming Chinese New Year 2016, are you ready to take part in the big celebration? After all, it might give you a whole lucky 2016.