Kung Hei Fat Choy! (Or Gong xi fa cai – if you’re speaking Mandarin.) Welcome to the year of the monkey. The new year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. The festivities started yesterday, the day before the New Year and will continue until the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the new year. It is a time for families to come together to eat good food and participate in cultural traditions.
Each Chinese New Year is characterised by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks just like its western counterpart (which focuses a little more on Lady Luck), but with the major difference being that each block has a time-length of one year instead of one month. Each year is associated with an animal: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog (that’s me!) and pig. Click here if you want to know which Chinese zodiac sign you are.
My wife and I are expecting a baby this year May so I thought it would be fun to look at the characteristics of those born in the year of the monkey which are lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. The general image of people in this zodiac sign is of always being smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. 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.
Lucky numbers for the Monkey are 1, 7 and 8 so expect prices for numeric domains with these numbers to go up 😉
I just registered 178.technology – you know, just in case 🙂
In case you haven’t noticed by know, most Chinese are very superstitious. Chinese New Year is a time when many people think about building up good luck for the year to come and some families avoid doing certain things to make sure that they don’t unwittingly set a precedent for the entire year. For example, people won’t wear old, damaged clothing, so as not to carry bad luck into the new year. You are not supposed to wash your hair or do laundry, handle knives, or take out the garbage on this day to make sure you don’t throw your good fortune away. Money should not be lent during the new year celebrations, and all debts have to be paid by New Year’s Eve.
I wish you all a good fortune and a prosperous year of the Monkey!