The Chinese New Year begins on February 8th, the beginning of the Chinese calendar that is also referred to as the “Spring Festival”. The date marks the start of the new lunar schedule as well as the reunion of family and friends to gather together at their homes the eve before. The traditional meal served at this time is actually called Reunion Dinner, which kicks off the celebratory festival. Typically red envelopes are given with cash as the whole house is decorated in similar colors to symbolize the hope of “wealth”, “happiness” and “good fortune”. In order to encourage good luck to the family, a massive cleaning of the home takes place, ridding the space of dirt and other unhealthy essences. Once the family is content that the abode is unblemished and cleansed thoroughly, it is the belief that luck will soon find its way through the doors.
Every New Year is dedicated to a specific animal, known to hold particular characteristics and fortunes for anyone born within the particular twelve-month segment. 2016 has been deemed the “Year of the Monkey” including the years 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004. If you have been born into this category, it’s a pretty safe bet that you are intelligent, curious, witty and a bit mischievous which can sometimes get you into a bit of trouble. Your magnetic personality offsets this flaw because monkeys are often energetic, clever and creative although clumsiness is another trait most possess. Due to your intellect, great jobs for you include banking and accounting but try to find a job closer to the city since it is also likely that you prefer urban living to the countryside.
Here’s what else you should look out for during the Chinese New Year of the Monkey!
Luck Days: 14th and 28th
Lucky Numbers: 9 and 4
Favorite Flowers: Chrysanthemums, crape-myrtle
Best Colors: Gold, White and Blue
Best Advice: Focus on your health this year and remember to take a vacation.
Worst Advice: Don’t take greedy risks or illegal advances where money is concerned. You’re going to get caught!
Best Love Match: Rabbit/Ox
Worst Love Match: Pig/Tiger