Year of the Monkey: 8 Fascinating Facts
Happy Lunar New Year!
The Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year, but it is always on the second moon right after the winter solstice. According to the Chinese calendar, the New Year has begun on 8th of February and it ends on the 27th of January 2017. The Monkey dwells in the ninth spot of Chinese Zodiac, and each year is related to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year-cycle.
The special thing this year is that it comes in a more sophisticated philosophy, where almost everyone in the world is celebrating the most ancient calendars of our existence today. The Year of the Monkey has been celebrated in London and all around the globe. The main celebrations in London take place in Central London, with the main parade this Sunday and it is expected to be the greatest outside of Asia.
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What lies in wait for you in the Year of the Monkey 2016-2017?
Here are 8 fascinating facts about the Year of the Monkey to help celebrate this holiday:
1.Year of the Monkey: The Twelve Year Cycle
Based on a 12-year-cycle, Chinese Zodiac, is also known as Sheng Xiao:
In this Cycle, each year is manifested relatively to an animal sign. The signs are: Rat-Ox-Tiger-Rabbit-Dragon-Snake-Horse-Sheep-Rooster-Dog-Pig. Consequently, these signs are calculated according to the ancient Chinese lunar calendar.
2.Year of the Monkey: The Five Types of Monkey
2016 is a Fire Monkey year, which will not be seen again until 2076.
Each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) according to the Chinese theory of elements. For example, the fire monkey comes once in a 60-year cycle. This theorizes that there are five types of Monkey year, and monkey years of each element occur once in a 60-year cycle.
3. Year of the Monkey: The Five Elements
The five-element theory of Chinese philosophy,
Several traditional Chinese philosophies used to explain a wide assortment of phenomena, from cosmic cycles to the interaction between elements and zodiac. Also known as the five phases, the five movements and the five planets, are an expression of a five-fold experimental plot.
4. Year of the Monkey: The Sign of Jinx
In Chinese horoscopes when a Monkey meets another Monkey, they consider it a sign of jinx.
That means people born in the year of Monkey won’t be lucking during Monkey years. With this in mind, according to folklore, those born in a year of the Monkey should be more careful in lunar year 2016. However the philosophy to help you avoid the jinx hides behind your calm, wisdom and patience.
Story: Monkey is passing by a land with a local Monkey tyrant in charge. If the traveling Monkey can keep quiet, then it will be safe and pass the land. If the traveling Monkey wants to mess with or challenge the tyrant, then trouble will come to the traveling Monkey during its journey.
5. Year of the Monkey: Superstition
China, a land of many popular beliefs, customs and superstitions.
Superstitions makes a great portion of the Chinese way of living. These beliefs and customs may be termed as superstitions. They may have their own merits and demerits. Nonetheless they form part of the epitome of life in this Oriental land.
6.Year of the Monkey: Think red
Happiness and good fortune:
The red color has been associated with “happiness and good fortune” since lunar years now and is so this year.
According to Chinese rituals, some functions can help people fend off bad luck in a zodiac year, decorating with red for example. This color symbolizes fire and wards off evil spirits. In Chinese believes, the cosmos mirrors the Five Elements, therefore each color represents or is associated with a symbolic meaning.
7.Year of the Monkey: Chinese Zodiac
What lies in wait for you in the Year of the Monkey ?
Based on your birth year, Zodiac year is any year of your Chinese zodiac animal sign.
The prediction for 2016 lunar year have definite answers to your questions. Owing to its five thousand years of existence, the lunar calendar answers can prove to be astoundingly timely and accurate.
8.Year of the Monkey: 8 Your Lucky Number
In Chinese, eight is pronounced ‘Ba’, and assignable to its similar pronunciation with ‘Fa’ (wealth or fortune is Chinese) this number is considered a lucky number among Chinese people. We have also witnessed the popularity of this number with its relation to the Beijing Olympic Games which started at exactly eight o’clock eight minutes on the eighth day of the eighth month in 2008.
Happy Year Of The Monkey!
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