Happy Chinese New Year
2016 – The Year of the Fire Monkey
Being born in the Year of the Monkey myself I’ve always been curious (one of the attributes of the little primate) about the Chinese calendar.
Pre-dating the Gregorian calendar the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, which means it’s based on the movements of the sun, moon and stars which explains why the dates change every year. This year it begins on Monday 8th February and ends on Friday 27th January 2017. There are 12 years (houses) in the Chinese zodiac cycle each represented by an animal: Rat, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig and associated with one of 5 elemental signs: Wood, Earth, Fire, Water, and Metal. And, like the Gregorian calendar, it has a Leap Year; every 3 years instead of 4 and this creates not an extra day but an extra month stretching the year from around 353 to 385!
A number of qualities are linked to the Monkey, those include – being hardworking, quick-witted, charming, lucky, creative, versatile, lively, curious and adventurous. On the downside though (because there’s always a flip-side!): stubborn, irritable, a fondness for the limelight, being frank. Hmmm…. let’s not dwell too much those aspects. 2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey: ambitious and adventurous, but irritable! Without giving too much away about my year of birth, I will say that I am an Earth Monkey and my traits are said to include: being frank, optimistic, and fearless – a dangerous combination which has gotten me into more trouble than I care to recall right now! Although, the optimist in me prefers this statement: “The Monkey is a creative and inquiring person that loves to observe everything that is going on around them. They love to help others and are extremely sensible and reliable. They are good organizers and will always have a plan of action in their head for themselves. They are happy to put their failures down to experience when they do not work out. They like to impress people and will always have admirers around them because of their sense of humour and confidence.” What does your zodiac animal say about you?
Chinese communities all over the UK will be celebrating the New Year in colourful style and everyone is welcome to join in the fun. One of the biggest parties will be in London on 14th February, starting in Trafalgar Square with stage performances and a spectacular parade that will travel from there along Charing Cross Road and finishing in Chinatown; the centre of the New Year festivities. Not forgetting that it also offers a wonderful dining opportunity with over 17 cuisines to choose from!
Happy New Year from all of us at Pluris