Year of the Monkey

Updated: Apr 19, 2019


Recent years of the Monkey are: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028.


Monkeys are lighthearted pranksters who have the ability to achieve all their dreams.

Remember, Chinese new year begins in February, so if you have a January birthday, you will be the zodiac for the year before. i.e my birthday is January 1978, so I am a snake not a horse. Some say, the further through the year you are, the stronger the qualities of the animal.


Check the list of exact CNY dates at the end of this post.


Each zodiac sign has 'allies' and 'secret friends' who are particularly powerful pillars of support. It is thought that by carrying amulets or having images of them in certain parts of your home/ office, your positive flow of energy (chi) will be empowered.


HOMEWARE

The Chinese Zodiac tea towel shows all 12 animals of the zodiac, and tells you about each.


Great way to know your lucky numbers, colours and flowers, and who you should keep as allies and secret friends.


Perfect Gifts: Not only a thoughtful personal gift, you are offering the gift of good luck, good health and good fortune.


Allies & Secret Friends

Special friends of the Monkey who offer support & good fortune are the rat, dragon and snake. It is great feng shui to have these in your home, making these gifts very powerful.


Lucky Colours & Numbers

White, gold and blue are lucky colours for the Monkey. 2, 3 and 7 are lucky numbers.


Lucky Flowers

Lucky flowers for the Monkey are chrysanthemum and crape-myrtle.


Personality

Those born in the Year of the Monkey are often thought of as smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. Lively, flexible and quick-witted, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life.


Although born with enviable skills, their impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others will always hold them back.


Strengths: Enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative. Weaknesses: Jealous, suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant.


Chinese Legend of the Monkey

The Monkey is the ninth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Monkey, Rooster and Dog were in another country, helping a god defeat evil spirits. After, they set off to the party together. Because they arrived at the same time, the Jade Emperor went by the order they met the god in the other country. Thus, Monkey became ninth.


The Monkey is seen as a clever animal, therefore person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 - 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced 'Hou', the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning.


Time of Day

The Monkey is also associated with the Earthly Branch (地支—dì zhī) shēn (申), and the hours 3–5 in the afternoon.


In the terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), the Monkey is yang (masculine energy).


What a Peach

In Chinese culture, peaches are symbols of longevity. Because Monkeys like eating peaches, with time, they also became associated with long life.


Chinese New Year Dates

1940 - Feb. 08 Dragon

1941 - Jan. 27 Snake

1942 - Feb. 15 Horse

1943 - Feb. 05 Goat/Ram

1944 - Jan. 25 Monkey

1945 - Feb. 13 Rooster

1946 - Feb. 02 Dog

1947 - Jan. 22 Pig

1948 - Feb. 10 Rat

1949 - Jan. 29 Ox

1950 - Feb. 17 Tiger

1951 - Feb. 06 Rabbit

1952 - Jan. 27 Dragon

1953 - Feb. 14 Snake

1954 - Feb. 03 Horse

1955 - Jan. 24 Goat/Ram

1956 - Feb. 12 Monkey

1957 - Jan. 31 Rooster

1958 - Feb. 18 Dog

1959 - Feb. 08 Pig

1960 - Jan. 28 Rat

1961 - Feb. 15 Ox

1962 - Feb. 05 Tiger

1963 - Jan. 25 Rabbit

1964 - Feb. 13 Dragon

1965 - Feb. 02 Snake

1966 - Jan. 21 Horse

1967 - Feb. 09 Goat/Ram

1968 - Jan. 30 Monkey

1969 - Feb. 17 Rooster

1970 - Feb. 06 Dog

1971 - Jan. 27 Pig

1972 - Feb. 15 Rat

1973 - Feb. 03 Ox

1974 - Jan. 23 Tiger

1975 - Feb. 11 Rabbit

1976 - Jan. 31 Dragon

1977 - Feb. 18 Snake

1978 - Feb. 07 Horse

1979 - Jan. 28 Goat/Ram

1980 - Feb. 16 Monkey

1981 - Feb. 05 Rooster

1982 - Jan. 25 Dog

1983 - Feb. 13 Pig

1984 - Feb. 02 Rat

1985 - Feb. 20 Ox

1986 - Feb. 09 Tiger

1987 - Jan. 29 Rabbit

1988 - Feb. 17 Dragon

1989 - Feb. 06 Snake

1990 - Jan. 27 Horse

1991 - Feb. 15 Goat/Ram

1992 - Feb. 04 Monkey

1993 - Jan. 23 Rooster

1994 - Feb. 10 Dog

1995 - Jan. 31 Pig

1996 - Feb. 19 Rat

1997 - Feb. 07 Ox

1998 - Jan. 28 Tiger

1999 - Feb. 16 Rabbit

2000 - Feb. 05 Dragon

2001 - Jan. 24 Snake

2002 - Feb. 12 Horse

2003 - Feb. 01 Goat/Ram

2004 - Jan. 22 Monkey

2005 - Feb. 9 Rooster

2006 - Jan. 29 Dog

2007 - Feb. 18 Pig

2008 - Feb. 7 Rat

2009 - Jan. 26 Ox

2010 - Feb. 14 Tiger

2011 - Feb. 3 Rabbit

2012 - Jan. 23 Dragon

2013 - Feb. 10 Snake

2014 - Jan. 31 Horse

2015 - Feb. 19 Goat/Ram

2016 - Feb. 8 Monkey

2017 - Jan. 28 Rooster

2018 - Feb. 16 Dog

2019 - Feb. 5 Pig

2020 - Jan. 25 Rat

2021 - Feb. 12 Ox

2022 - Feb. 1 Tiger

2023 - Jan. 22 Rabbit


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