2016 Year of the Monkey

monkeyyearThe Chinese New Year will begin on February 8th and is the year of the Monkey. People born in the Year of the Monkey (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004) are said to be energetic by nature and skillful in many things. Monkeys are known to be the liveliest and bossiest. The Monkey is intelligent, witty, hyperactive, and strong-minded.

They are problem solvers, movers and shakers, going from one thing to another but getting it all done. Monkeys are very active and enjoy sports. They tend to be healthy, love being the center of attention, and have very magnetic personalities. They like challenges and love to succeed, and are very creative and talented. Monkeys are mischievous-they are masters of the practical joke.
The Monkey increases communication, humor and wit, helping us get through stressful times.  The Monkey’s gift is the ability to find unconventional solutions to difficult problems.  It will be a year of exciting change and far from dull. 

On February 8th it is customary to wear red, and eat specific foods such as fish or chicken saving some for the next day.  Avoid eating red meat on this day.  Switch on all the lights at night and keep them on until morning.   Decorate your home with live flowers, oranges and candy.  

It is also believed bad luck to do any of the following on the Chinese New Year such as buying a new pair of shoes, or getting your hair cut.  Do not speak about death or dying or tell ghost stories.  

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