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.
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  • 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 2021
Monkey fortune in 2021 shows both positive and negative sides. Good news is that single people are likely to meet someone who fits their ideal type, while others may get married or keep enjoying their sweet married life. Nevertheless, in terms of career and wealth, it may be a somewhat challenging year. Monkey employees, both the new and the experienced, may feel stressed out when dealing with tricky tasks. Also, it is a little bit difficult for them to save money this year and they’d better limit expense. Lastly, no matter how busy they are, they cannot skip meals or exercise.
Monkey Luck in 2021
  • Career: Though Monkey workers may be faced with many daunting tasks this year, they can quickly adapt themselves to the stressful workload with their co-workers’ guidance. In addition, Monkey leaders should be able to embrace new ideas from their subordinates.
  • Wealth: Due to the various expenditures, they may not have too much savings at the end of this year. Furthermore, according to the Monkey fortune prediction in 2021, they are lacking in good luck in risky investments, so a thrifty life is a better choice for them.
  • Relationships: Luckily, Monkey people may find their perfect partners in 2021. The odds are in favor of them when they score a date or propose to their partners. Married people still feel thankful and hopeful every day.
  • Education: Monkey students may be under enormous peer pressure this year. They should better focus on their study plans instead of blindly emulate other schoolmates’ methods of learning.
  • Health: The fast-paced life may disturb Monkey people’s biological clock. However, they should try their best to have enough rest and exercise. Children and elderly people can boost their immunity system through having nutritious foods.
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 modified on Jan. 06, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Year of the Monkey
Asked by Carol from USA | Jan. 13, 2021 17:11Reply
Financial, love and career
Female born 2/7/1969. I would like to know my financial situation for 2021, as well as career status.

Compatibility with someone born 3/18/1961. Do you think you can be married to one person, but find someone years later down the road who you feel is more compatible with you.

Male born 10/23/1964. Will my husband find a new job this year.
Asked by Joy from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 10, 2021 02:18Reply
Im female born on aug.16, 1968. I had financial problems last 2019.
Will 2021 be a prosperity and good year for me? Or be able to surpassed this financial problem?

Answers (1)
Answered by Jasmine | Jan. 18, 2021 01:04

Yes, you should keep the positive attitude. The situation would change into a better stage this year. You would obtain the stable income. In this way, the financial pressure would be released a lot.
Asked by Ashlin from NEW ZEALAND | Oct. 27, 2020 02:39Reply
Will my marriage will last
Hi my date of birth is 13th March and January 1969 and married to my husband whose date of birth is 11th November 1971. Can you please tell me if our marriage will lasts or it will end?
Answers (2)
Answered by Bailey | Oct. 29, 2020 23:07

Based on the prediction, your marriage life would be continued because you can solve the problem. When meeting difficulties, you two should face them together as long as you love each other so much.
Answered by Lyn | Jan. 08, 2021 09:46

Your marriage will work if both of you will make it work. :) we shouldn't ask someone based on our belief .. about this yin yang or watever. 43

Remember relationship or marriage life will work if both parties are willing to make it work because they love each other despite of diffirences. Just saying :)
Asked by Rossy from CANADA | Oct. 18, 2020 11:40Reply
my career year 2020
I was born on October 28th, 1968. I'm having lot of problems at work with my boss. just wondering if it would get better soon.
Answers (1)
Answered by Constance | Oct. 18, 2020 19:50

Don't worry. The prediction shows that you would have a large chance to change the current situation.
Asked by Jessica from UNITED STATES | Sep. 30, 2020 13:53Reply
Career, family and Finances
I am a metal monkey born on 05-25-1980. I wanted to know a little bit more of my career and finances. I want to extend my family with one more child and get a bigger house. Is that in my future?
Answers (1)
Answered by Victoria | Oct. 12, 2020 18:35

Generally speaking, your overall situation would change into a better stage in the year of 2021. You would make some progresses in career and wealth. In addition, you would have a chance to obtain a bigger house.
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