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Year of the Monkey

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While most of the world celebrates the new year on January 1st, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on February 8th. Each year on the Chinese lunar calendar has a different animal associated with it. This year, 2016, is the year of the monkey zodiac sign. The most important celebrations will be held on February 7th and 8th this year, with the first day being the day of family reunion.

Chinese New Year, often called the Spring Festival, includes days of festivities. The holiday is rooted in a variety of myths and traditions, including the honoring of ancestors. If you are in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year, celebrating is a necessity. In order to participate, there are a few things you need to know about the year of the monkey and what it means.

What Does the Monkey Represent?

The monkey is thought to be a clever being that can easily outsmart other animals. In addition to being very intelligent, these animals are thought to have personalities best described as magnetic. They are charismatic creatures.

People born in the year of the monkey include not only those born in 2016 but also those with birthdays in 1920, 1934, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, and 2004. Those born in these years are thought to be impatient but also intelligent and creative.

The year of the monkey is thought to influence 2016 in a variety of ways. The monkey, being a tricky animal, could indicate that you should not try to plan your year so strictly; fate will have a way of changing things anyway. Personal efforts will truly matter, whereas large-scale operations may not be fruitful.

It is said that as far as personal relationships go, the monkey will assist in communication. It will also improve one’s wit. Under the influence of the monkey, things could go very well if you are willing to take a leap. Charisma is rewarded under the monkey’s reign, and those who are shy may struggle with relationships this year.

As for business, the monkey is thought to indicate that those risky moves are likely to pan out. After all, the monkey is known to find creative solutions to age-old problems. Could this be the year you’ve been waiting for to make that big move?

Eliminating stress is especially important this year. It is important not to get caught up in drama. Instead, the year of the monkey should be one of good humor. The year will be much less stressful for those who are witty and intelligent. Those who are not up to speed are more likely to experience intense stress.

Ultimately, those born under the rat, dragon, or monkey sign are thought to have an amazing year under the monkey. Those born in the years of the goat, rabbit, or ox will also have a positive year full of improvement. For those born under the rooster or horse, you are likely to run into some tricky situations, but the year will ultimately be very exciting. As for those who fall under the realm of the tiger, snake, boar, or dog, the year could bring about some complexities.

This year, the lucky flower is the chrysanthemum. Additionally, the lucky colors associated with the year of the monkey include blue, gold, and white. It is best to avoid red, black, gray, and dark brown.

How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

The customs associated with Chinese New Year differ from country to country and region to region. The festivities typically center around family reunion and often include family meals and exchanging of gifts. In China, it is also common for families to clean the house from top to bottom, ensuring that they wish out all bad fortune. 

Decorating the house in red is also common, considering that red is the color most commonly associated with happiness and good fortune. Decorating doors and windows with red cut-outs and adornments is a long-held tradition.

Shopping is another popular way to celebrate the festival, but this shopping is different from what you might expect. The items are those used for the festival, and may include fresh fruits and red envelopes to hand out with money.

No matter how you choose to celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, make sure to remember that the holiday is about bringing in good fortune and wishing it upon those you care about too. A lovely gift hamper or plant can help you express your wishes for a bountiful and pleasant 2016.

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