Its official – we entered the Monkey Year Today! And this Monkey is Fire monkey. As you well know according to the Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign and one the Five Elements: Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. The last fire Monkey year happened sixty years ago in 1956.
The people born in the year of Monkey are smart, witty and intelligent. They are playful which often can be irritable especially if you are born in the Year of Tiger and Pig. Their lucky colour is blue and gold but unlucky is red which may be difficult for them to celebrate a New Year as the whole China goes red for the Chinese New Year. Red on the doorways and banners, and on people’s clothes. Red is another symbol of good luck, and ‘lucky money’ , if given as a gift at weddings, birthdays, New Year, will always be given in tiny red envelopes.
Two weeks later at the first full moon of the new year is the Lantern Festival where lanterns are lit outside every house and shop, often with riddles on them, and entertainment involves lion dances, stilt walkers, fireworks, folk dancing and eating rice dumplings.
Superstitions have always been an important part of Chinese culture, and plenty of traditions exist to make sure your luck doesn’t run dry.
Gong Xi Fa Cai / Gong Hey Fat Choy!