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Year of the Monkey

2016 is the Year of the Monkey according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Monkey started from Feb. 8, 2016 (Chinese New Year) and will last to Jan. 27, 2017.
China Zodiac Animal - Monkey

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

The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart 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.

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

Years of the Monkey
  • Feb.20,1920-Feb.7,1921
  • Feb.6,1932-Jan.25,1933
  • Jan.25,1944-Feb.12,1945
  • Feb.12,1956-Jan.30,1957
  • Jan.30,1968-Feb.16,1969
  • Feb.16,1980-Feb.4,1981
  • Feb.4,1992-Jan.22,1993
  • Jan.22,2004-Feb.8,2005
  • Feb.8,2016-Jan.27,2017
  • Jan.26,2028-Feb.12,2029
  • Feb.12,2040-Feb.28,2041
  • Feb.1,2052-Feb.18,2053

Lucky Signs for People Born in Monkey Year:

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

Lucky Numbers and Colors of Monkey Lucky Flowers and Directions of Monkey
Things Should be Avoided:
  • Unlucky Numbers: 2, 5, 9
  • Unlucky Colors: red, black, grey, dark coffee
  • Unlucky Direction: east

The general image of people with Chinese zodiac sign 'Monkey' is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.
 
  • Strengths
    enthusiastic, self-assured, sociable, innovative
  • Weaknesses
    jealous, suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant
  • Perfect Matches: Ox, Rabbit
    They seem like made for each other, having several similarities in personality and life. Both of them can tolerate everything of each other, as long as they have enough space and freedom. Their love lives are full of fun because they have a strong sense of curiosity to get to know each other. Usually, they share common attitudes and opinions about life.
  • Bad Matches: Tiger, Pig
    Holding different values and views, they don’t have many common topics in daily life. It’s difficult for them to communicate with patience and respect. Quarrels and conflicts will bring lots of negative influences to their relationship.
  • See more about Chinese Zodiac Sign Compatibility
After the Ben Ming Nian ends, people born in the Year of Monkey will embrace a favorable turn in a life time. In 2017, their fortune in work and money is closely associated with each other. In work, they would be provided valuable chances. If they strive as hard as before, they could surely get bright career prospect. Meanwhile, the luck in finance becomes nice, which enables them to make a large amount of savings. Besides, it is wise to give more time and care to families and health issues.
Monkey Luck in 2017
Their individual characters are different when combine Chinese zodiac signs with the 12 western astrological signs, like brave Aries, steady Taurus, confident Gemini, imaginative Cancer, enthusiastic Leo, cautious Virgo, talented Libra, diligent Scorpio, honest Sagittarius, mysterious Capricorn, gentle Aquarius and generous Pisces.
  • Blood Type O: The honest and frank personality traits help them win high popularity among surrounding people.
  • Blood Type A: They are always full of passion towards work and study. Meanwhile, natural talents also enhance their charms.
  • Blood Type B: They are good at expressing their own opinions and communicating with others but not stubborn to reject others’ suggestions.
  • Blood Type AB: Performing in front of an audience is their favorite thing. They pursue benefit and efficiency but lack patience.

The Five Phases of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water subtly impact on Monkey people’s personality and performance.

Types Years of Birth Personality Traits
Wood Monkey 1944, 2004 Holding lofty aspirations, active, responsible in tasks but some workaholic.
Fire Monkey 1956, 2016 Smart, passionate, adventurous, business-minded.
Earth Monkey 1908, 1968 Earnest and down-to-earth, industrious and frugal.
Metal Monkey 1920, 1980 Valiant, decisive, crafty, gifted with confidence and eloquence.
Water Monkey 1932, 1992 Having born leadership with great vitality but arrogance.
Celebrities with Chinese Zodiac Monkey
Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, George Gordon Byron, Yao Ming, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor,Truman, Alice Walker, Michael Douglas, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Julius Caesar, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Betsy Ross, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrell, Nick Carter, Patricia Arquette, Alyson Stoner, Christina Ricci, Cole Sprouse, Demi Lovato, Dylan Sprouse, Miley Cyrus, Mitchell Musso, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez, Empress Wu Zetian of China's Tang Dynasty (618 - 907)