Chinese New Year 2016 – Year of the Monkey
What’s the Difference between an Ape and a Monkey? Find out HERE
The Chinese Zodiac Year of the (female) Red Monkey will start on 8th February 2016 (Chinese New Year) and run to 27 Jan. 2017. The Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The best Source for information is below.:
You can find out your Chinese Zodiac sign including your Day, Month and Year animal symbols by clicking on the Link “Your Chinese Zodiac Sign” on the Page above. You can then click on your Year Animal to see what 2016 may have in store for you.
Did you know that –
YOUR DAY SIGN IS just as important as your Year Sign?
If you were born in January or February see this important information HERE.
If you are wondering why some call this Chinese New Year the Year of the Red Monkey, it may help you to read the Page on my “Peace” website below.
Basically five elements, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water & Wood are assigned to the 12 Chinese Zodiac Animals in a cycle of 5 lots of or 5 times each, totaling 60 animals in one Cycle. On top of this, each Animal sign has a FIXED element and a Yin ( female ) or Yang ( male ) polarity too !!
For example, my Year of Birth animal, the Rabbit, has the Fixed Element of WOOD and the Polarity of Yin ( represented in the scheme on my “Peace in Practice” website page linked above, by a minus Sign – ). My changeable element is Water (see last image on this Page). Water nourishes Wood so this is a good balance of fixed & changeable elements!
This year the element of Fire happens to match or correspond with the MONKEY.
The 60 year cycle comes from the Stem-Branch System. No one knows who invented the Stem-Branch for Day counting system, but legend has it that characters of Day Stem-Branch were found on Oracle bones.
To see a Table showing a 60 year cycle – click on the Link below.
The Animal names of Stem-Branch were applied into the Month system around 206 B.C. The Stem-Branch was applied into the Year system around 164 B.C. – please visit the Link below for more information. The TravelChinaGuide link above also gives information about the Stem-Branch System.
HERE is a Link to see your Chinese Animal Year of Birth and its CHANGEABLE Element, in the grand scheme of things. But REMEMBER it is approximate and you can’t just say everyone born in 1974 is a Tiger, but you MUST use the Calculator on the “Chinese Fortune Calendar” site if you were born in January or February of any year. ( The reason for this is explained on their site ). See the red text in the 2nd paragraph above to get to the Chinese Fortune Calendar site.
To see your Fixed element and Polarity, go to my “Peace in Practice” website below.
For the meaning of your Fixed Element, go HERE.
In China the New Year festival lasts for 15 days from the 1st to 15th day of the first lunar month, and in folklore it starts even earlier, from the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month. Most employees will have seven days off work, while students take one month absence from school.
Click HERE to see my You Tube video of the Chung Wah Lion Dance in Perth, Western Australia. ( It was a really hot day and very crowded, so the footage is short )
Read more interesting facts about what a Lunar year is, about the Origins of the Chinese New Year Holiday and more –
If you are in Australia, as I am, celebrate Chinese New Year with one of the planned celebrations around the country –
SEE OTHER POSTS ON THIS BLOG ABOUT THE CHINESE ZODIAC – LINKS BELOW
Click HERE for a Chart showing the Chinese New Years, and for information about Chinese Astrology e.g. Time Zone or Place of Birth are only important if you were born near an Hour or Month boundary, and for info about 2014, The Year of the Horse.
Click HERE for information about 2013, the Year of the Snake, and for a nice circular wheel chart showing the Chinese New years.
TO READ ABOUT “ANG POW” OR THE CHINESE RED PACKETS
SEE MY OTHER BLOG “OUR LOVELY WORLD” – Click HERE
Go to the Links below to read about the Four Pillars –
Year, Month, Day, Hour influences in Chinese Astrology
My Chinese Zodiac Signs
Want to see some Monkeying around – click HERE !
I always knew there was some Monkey in me