2016: Year of the Monkey
2016 (on the Chinese calendar) is a year of the Monkey, starting from February 8th, Chinese New Year, and ending on January 27, 2017, Chinese New Year’s Eve.
The Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Every 12 years there is a Monkey year. Interestingly, Monkey years are all multiples of 12 — from 12 AD, through 1200 AD, to now in 2016. 2016 Is a Fire Monkey Year.
In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one the Five Elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years.
Are You a Monkey?
People born in a year of the Monkey are called “Monkeys” in China. Usually, if born in a multiple of 12 year, like 1980, you’re a Monkey. Monkey years are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting on Chinese New Year), so if you were born in January or February check below for whether you’re a Monkey.
Monkey Year Start End
2016 February 8, 2016 January 27, 2017
2004 January 22, 2004 February 8, 2005
1992 February 4, 1992 January 22, 1993
1980 February 16, 1980 February 4, 1981
1968 January 30, 1968 February 16, 1969
1956 February 12, 1956 January 30, 1957
1944 January 25, 1944 February 12, 1945
1932 February 6, 1932 January 25, 1933
1920 February 20, 1920 February 7, 1921
1908 February 2, 1908 January 21, 1909
People born in a year of the Monkey are witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists.
They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, some don't trust their restless and inquisitive nature. Although they are clever and creative, monkeys can't always exhibit their talent properly. Monkeys like to take challenges and they prefer urban life to rural.
The Lucky and Unlucky Things for "Monkeys"
Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, myrtle
Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
Lucky months: Chinese lunar months 8 and 12