Year of the Monkey

China Zodiac Animal - Monkey Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028...

The monkey is a clever, lively, and witty animal. Because of a lot of similarities to humans, the monkey is admired by people in many cultures and Chinese culture is no exception. In traditional Chinese culture, monkey has been considered a mascot to pray for the luck of official career as it pronounces the same with the Chinese character for “marquis (hou)” in ancient times. In some west areas of China, monkey is also believed to be able to protect little babies from evil spirits.

The most famous monkey in China is the Monkey King (Sun Wukong) born from a stone who is intelligent, brave, rebellious, and talented. Some similar personalities may present in people born in the Year of the Monkey, who tend to be lively, quick witted, righteous, brave, and humorous.

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Shen
Wu Xing (The Five Elements): Jin (Metal)
Yin Yang: Yang

Years of the Monkey
Your Chinese zodiac sign is de facto decided by the Chinese lunar calendar rather than the common Gregorian calendar. Here we offer you a quick way to check your zodiac sign. Input your birthdays into the “Find Your Chinese Zodiac” tool, you can directly get the result.

It is also available to glance over the following chart to learn about your zodiac sign and element.
Monkey Year Start End Element
1920 Feb.20,1920 Feb.7,1921 Metal
1932 Feb.6,1932 Jan.25,1933 Water
1944 Jan.25,1944 Feb.12,1945 Wood
1956 Feb.12,1956 Jan.30,1957 Fire
1968 Jan.30,1968 Feb.16,1969 Earth
1980 Feb.16,1980 Feb.4,1981 Metal
1992 Feb.4,1992 Jan.22,1993 Water
2004 Jan.22,2004 Feb.8,2005 Wood
2016 Feb.8,2016 Jan.27,2017 Fire
2028 Jan.26,2028 Feb.12,2029 Earth
Lucky Signs for People Born in the Monkey Year
Lucky Numbers and Colors of Monkey Lucky Flowers and Directions of Monkey

Lucky Things for Monkeys:

Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8 Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums Lucky Directions: north, northwest, west

Things Should be Avoided:

Unlucky Numbers: 2, 5, 9 Unlucky Colors: red, black, grey, dark coffee Unlucky Direction:east
Personality: Monkeys are lively, clever, agile, competitive, and sociable
People with the Chinese zodiac monkey sign are born to have brilliant minds. They are not only intelligent, smart and always appreciated by teachers and parents throughout adolescence but also have strong bodies, all of which make them perform well in an organization and they tend to be excellent leaders than anyone else. At work, they show initiative and hold the courage to face new challenges. At life, they are helpful and humorous enough to be favored by people.

However, boasting may hinder them to make great success and they need more patience. Too many opportunistic behaviors may also affect others’ impressions on them. 
  • Strengths: Active, quick-witted, smart, humorous, sociable, capable, brave, just
  • Weaknesses: Braggart, tricky, opportunistic, impatient, vainglorious
  • Monkey Men: Humor is the biggest characteristic of men born in the Year of the Monkey, and they always bring a lot of fun to people surrounding them. Although looking like an immature person, they are good tempered and generous enough. Compared to other picky zodiac signs, they can be very tolerant of other’s shortcomings. The quick wit also makes them have a lot of ingenious ideas and they are also good at putting them into practice.
  • Monkey Women: The Monkey women are ambitious, optimistic, competitive, and very confident. They are sociable and communicative, winning a lot of friends. Their competence in career is also brilliant and help them make great progress at work. However, sometimes they may be over confident and too aggressive, which may irritate others.
  • Personality by Five Elements: Which Type of 'Monkey' Are You?
    People with Chinese zodiac Monkey sign present different characteristics because they were born in different years and have various elements. According to the traditional Chinese culture, the Five Elements can affect a lot in personality traits. See the following chart to learn about your type.
Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Monkey 1944, 2004 Steady, responsible, hardworking, holding a strong sense of teamwork.
Fire Monkey 1956, 2016 Intelligent, mature-minded, thoughtful, with strong adaptability.
Earth Monkey 1908, 1968 Earnest, considerate, principled, far-sighted and planned.
Metal Monkey 1920, 1980 Clever, sensible, talented, confident, but a little swanky.
Water Monkey 1932, 1992 Time-conscious, high-efficient, but sometimes lack of confidence.

  • Monkey’s Personality by Blood Types
    • Blood Type O: They are quick-witted and responsive. They are curious about everything and have a constant thirst for new knowledge. The easygoing trait helps them get a lot of friends, however, which also makes them hard to stand up for their principles.
    • Blood Type A: The Monkeys with blood type A are faithful and value personal feelings. They are just, honest and selfless, being scrupulous in separating public from private interests. Though sometimes slower than others, they are indeed reliable.
    • Blood Type B: They tend to be outgoing, straightforward, cheerful, and creative. They dare to express their opinions but never stubbornly stick to their guns. With a warm heart, they like to offer help to those in need.
    • Blood Type AB: Behaving in a decent manner, people with blood type AB and born in the Year of the Monkey are gentle and elegant. The rational personality may leave others an impression of indifference, but they are sensitive in the inner heart and have a strong self-esteem.
Love Compatibility of the Monkey
The Chinese zodiac signs can influence your love compatibility in some way. If you want to know the love compatibility between you and your partner, then input both of your names and birthdays to our “Chinese Zodiac Compatibility Test” tool, and you can get a quick and accurate result.
  • Best Matches: Ox, Rabbit
    The active Monkeys have a pretty high love compatibility with the steady Ox, as their characteristics are complementary and fit into each other, which can lead a harmonious relationship. On the contrary, the lively Rabbits have more common hobbies and personalities with the Monkey people. They two know well of each other and enjoy more fun when being together.
  • Bad Matches: Tiger, Pig
    As people born in the Year of the Monkey is of the metal element, when meeting the Tigers of the wood element, they just clash in elements. What’s more, they both want to take control of the relationship, which conducts more conflicts and makes it hard for them to maintain a long-term relationship. As for the Pigs, it may be hard for them to understand the Monkey people and they may be tired of each other in the end.
    Monkey's Compatibility with 12 Zodiac Animals
  • How to Build Relationships with the Monkey

As the Monkeys are smart and quick-witted, they are easily attracted by humorous and intelligent people. So try to develop more hobbies and broad interests so that you can have more common languages with the Monkeys. What’s more, people born in the Year of the Monkey appreciate mature and independent partners, who can manage the life skillfully. However, once you are in a love relationship with the Monkeys, they will not disappoint you. They have a talent for speaking love languages and good at creating a romantic atmosphere. However, they sometimes may fall deep in love and ignore other things like work and money.   

Jobs & Careers for Monkeys
  • Best Jobs: Linguists, diplomats, journalists, entertainers, businessmen, professional athletes, stockbrokers, detectives, lawyers, programmers…
As the lively Monkeys are full of energy, they can perform well in sports and entertainment industries, and thus professional athletes and entertainers are good jobs for them. With a strong logical thinking and competitive spirit, they are more likely to get great success in venture capital fields. It may be a good beginning from being stockbrokers. The Monkeys also love challenges and adventures, and want to experience new things. Their calm minds help a lot when dealing with complicated problems, therefore linguists, diplomats, journalists, detectives, and lawyers are also ideal jobs.
Health & Fitness Advice
Generally speaking, the Monkeys keep healthy since childhood. They love sports and often go outdoors to take adventures. The vigorous young monkeys are seldom beset by diseases. However, that doesn’t mean they need to note nothing. The overactivity may also bring some problems, especially accidents. So be careful when crossing the road and experiencing some extreme sports. Another health problem they need to pay attention to is diet. The Monkeys don’t care much about food and they often random match the foods. Sometimes they may even take medicine with Coca Cola. It is advised to eat healthy foods and keep a balanced diet to avoid gastrointestinal illness.
Monkey's Fortune in 2024
According to Monkey fortune prediction in 2024, they would encounter some great chances to make a big progress at work or develop their own business. Single people with Chinese zodiac Monkey sign would also be lucky in making a boyfriend or girlfriend in 2024, as they may meet many charming opposite sexes. However, it’s not always smooth for there is a signal of big fall in love fortune in July, but they could live through the short period quickly. Their fortune is not so good in terms of wealth and health. As predicted, they may be caught up in an accident and get some light injuries, which would cause a loss in their wealth, too. In particular, elderly Monkey people should take good care of themselves against the possible relapse. 
Monkey Luck in 2024
  • Career: Employees would have good chances to make further progress in their career. In this case, they are likely to be promoted. Businessmen could encounter the surprising commercial opportunity as well.
  • Wealth: It’s hard to gain extra income other than the wages for people born in the year of Monkey. Huge capital investment is not advisable as it’s more likely to be risky, and they’re suggested to quit while they are not sure in financial management.
  • Relationships: Single Monkey people would be lucky in love throughout 2024 except in May. It would be easy for them to look for a soulmate. The married couples may meet a few troubles.
  • Education: They could achieve great academic improvement in 2024 while doing very well in their study. It’s important to cultivate the ability to solve problems by themselves and to upgrade themselves with excellent skills.
  • Health: A few possible accidents may occur to them out of expectation. They’d better be careful, and the elderly might need to be concerned more in case of some illnesses or relapse. Healthy daily schedule and suitable exercise are helpful. 
Famous People: Monkey Zodiac Eminent Personalities
Elizabeth Taylor (Actress): February 27, 1932, Water Monkey
Tom Hanks (Actor): July 9, 1956, Fire Monkey
Will Smith (Actor): September 25, 1968, Earth Monkey
Kim Kardashian (TV Personality & Model): October 21, 1980, Metal Monkey
Selena Gomez (Singer and Actress): July 22, 1992, Water Monkey
Zayn Malik (Singer-songwriter): January 12, 1993, Water Monkey
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- Last updated on Feb. 04, 2024 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Monkey
Asked by David from UNITED STATES | Jan. 17, 2023 14:47Reply
Are we compatible?
9/6/1932 a monkey compatible with another monkey 9/30/1932.??
Answers (1)
Answered by Bella | Jan. 17, 2023 17:23

You are 75% match. If making efforts, you two could be good partner for each other.
Asked by Nicole N from USA | Oct. 23, 2021 23:35Reply
Female Metal rabbit (Jan 19, 1964) married to male Fire Monkey (Jan 4, 1956)
What’s in the future for my marriage? Will it last? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Jayce | Oct. 25, 2021 10:06

Don't worry. It's predicted that you would share more common hobbies and personalities. You two know well of each other and enjoy more fun when being together. Hope helpful!
Asked by M from UNITED STATES | Jul. 25, 2021 08:30Reply
Female monkey 11/23/92 I’m in a relationship but I don’t think we have the same priorities, is there marriage in my future or marriage in my life at all? I always believed when people are in love they are committed and have a family but I believe it just won’t happen to me you know.
Answers (4)
Answered by Marilyn | Aug. 01, 2021 05:25

be hopeful because I was in your position I'm born 12/13/92 and got married this year in February I was like finally.
Answered by RJ | Aug. 09, 2021 04:43

Hi there, I'm a female monkey too born with the same date as you. I have 2 kids but still unmarried. We planned manny times for marriage but i guess time didn't permits.
Answered by j | Sep. 04, 2021 07:09

male monkey and same date as you, just wanna say hi!
Answered by Steve | Jan. 03, 2023 18:54

Make sure that everything you want is inline with what your partner wants.
You cannot force what you really want on anyone because of how everyone else

I wish you lots of love and happiness
Fellow monkey here
Asked by Cierra from UNITED STATES | May. 08, 2021 15:50Reply
Female Water Monkey 8/24/1992 8:40 pm
Hello, I love all things entertainment. What is the best career for me to pursue? Which way will I gain success? Also, will my love life improve? When will a life partner happen for me?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paisley | May. 10, 2021 00:42

You should choose the career that you are interested in or familiar with. According to the prediction, May, July, September, November and December would be lucky months in love life.
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