Happy Chinese New Year! Kunghei fatchoy! I wish Happiness and prosperity to you all.
Today begins the Year of the Fire Monkey. The monkey is intelligent, smart, wise, curious, energetic, impulsive, inventive, hyperactive, cheeky, strong-minded and vigilant. Fire monkeys are problem solvers and work well within group environments, while retaining their individuality.
The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon and Chinese folklore ascribes each of its 12 years to be associated with an animal. People are influenced by the personality of the animal that rules their birth year. In one legend, Buddha called all the animals of the world to him before he left the earth. The only ones that listened were these 12 animals, so Buddha named a year after each of them in the order that they arrived.
Though China officially operates on the international Gregorian calendar, the traditional lunisolar calendar maintains ceremonial significance, and so every year, around the new moon closest to the beginning of spring, Chinese people ring in the beginning of a new annual cycle. This is a chance to honor one’s ancestors and prepare for the good fortune to come.
As the Lunar New Year of the Monkey swings into action Monday, fortune tellers foresee 12 months of political and financial turbulence at the hands of the mischievous, unpredictable creature. Hong Kong’s respected feng shui masters expect an incendiary mix as the monkey combines with the fire element, but also say the year ahead will be a boom time for clever innovation and women will be in the ascendant.
The last fire monkey year happened in 1956, when Britain and France invaded Egypt during the Suez Canal crisis, a pivotal event that historians believe marked the demise of British imperial power.
While the monkey may bring instability, it could also herald major innovation, as technology falls into the “fire” category. There could be major breakthroughs in solar-powered energy, fire-related technologies, or the Internet.
Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Monkday! :_)