Words by N.O.W.
Let’s tackle the basics.
What does the Year of the Monkey actually mean?
Every Chinese New Year falls on a different day of the year in accordance with the Chinese Zodiac calendar.
For 2016 it is the Year of the Monkey which begins officially on the Feb 8th. Those born in the years 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968 are monkeys. Perhaps not literally but are said to have characteristics similar to that of a monkey. Compare these notes with those of your family and friends that are and were born in the Year of the Monkey.
Typically those under the Chinese Zodiac of the monkey are said to be sociable, innovative, enthusiastic and self-assured.
With pluses there are minuses. The monkey’s disadvantages by means of character involve being suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant and jealous.
Signs of luck for those under the reign of the monkey are:
Numbers: 1, 3 and 7
Colours: White, gold and blue
Flowers: Chrysanthemums and alliums
Directions: North, North-West and West
Some monkeys in the public sphere are: Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Alice Walker, Michael Douglas, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Bette Davis, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrall, Nick Carter, Christina Ricci, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez.
As well as animals that coincide with the years of the Chinese Zodiac, there are also elements: Earth, wind, fire, water. For this Chinese Year the element is fire. Meaning it is the Year of the Fire Monkey.
The New Year Chinese begins on 8 February and ends 27 January 2017. There are wealth of wealth of events happening in London and the Magical Lantern Festival is set to be the most elaborate, decorated with several pockets of awe.
Stay tuned for our review of the Magical Lantern Festival, the biggest display of lanterns in the UK.
Follow their extravagant light displays on Twitter via @MagicalLantern