The Year of the Monkey is a year that is said to bring prosperity and wealth. It is also known as the Spring Festival and people traditionally wear red clothes and give children “lucky money” concealed in red envelopes. The colour red symbolises fire to drive away bad luck. Those born in the Year of the Horse are believed to be cheerful, skilful with money, perceptive and witty!
Celebrities born in the year of the monkey include: 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!
Monkey see monkey do…
The general image of people in this zodiac sign 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.
The positive and negative qualities of the Monkey Year culminate in a year where anything and everything can happen. There is little point in stocking up goods or going into the minutiae of life planning. The influence of the Monkey puts everything into flux. Things will get accomplished, but largely through personal and individual efforts. Group movements, such as political upheaval or revolutions, struggle to make a mark during this year.
Chinese New Year is celebrated around much of the world — where there’s a Chinatown there’s invariably a Chinese New Year party – but there’s something special about being in one of China’s major cities for the the high point of the Chinese year!
Main image: “Squirrel monkeys in the grass” by Tambako The Jaguar