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

Michael Stanger