2016: Year of the Red Monkey

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the year of the Red Monkey will start on Feb. 4, 2016, though the Chinese new year is on Feb. 8, 2016. Why is the monkey red for 2016? Don’t ask me, I’m not an expert in Chinese zodiac… 🙂

But no offense to those who rely on Chinese zodiac for their fortune, I don’t see how a monkey, in particular a red monkey, for example, can influence a person’s life. Can a monkeying monkey monkey around and just monkey one’s future?

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27 thoughts on “2016: Year of the Red Monkey

  1. Isn’t Chinese New Year Feb. 8th? I was pretty sure it was. I’ve got some digital art pieces to post for it soon enough.

    If Chinese astrology means nothing to you, why emphasize it in the red monkey drawing?

    As some started to explain, the red signifies fire, the element of the year in a cycle of five elements. The next monkey year (2028) will be an earth monkey year as earth douses fire (though water can douse fire, too). The previous monkey year (2004) was a wood monkey year; fire consumes wood. There is a progression to the elements. And, if that’s not enough to spark an interest, monkey years are said to be bad for those born monkey years because monkeys get away with all sorts of tricks every other year, often testing their friends and family. But, on monkey years, they have to be on their best behavior. [But, perhaps, being of a certain element helps/worsens this prediction/outcome.] Astrology can be quite complex like DNA.

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    1. Thanks for your inputs. I did read on a website that the year of the red monkey will start on Feb 4 this year (http://www.chinesefortunecalendar.com/2016/) and I also mentioned that the Chinese new year is on the 8th of February. One of my blogger friends requested me to sketch a smiling monkey and I thought that drawing a red monkey will be fine, though I am not a believer of astrology or horoscopes. No offense, my friend.

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      1. I feel like I’m being interrogated for an information I just got from a website… Hahaha!
        The website I relied on concerning the dates could be wrong but that’s where I got the dates from. You might want to ask these questions to them as I am pretty sure they can provide you with an answer.

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      2. No no. I just want to understand. No flames intended. I suppose there could be an erroneous website. Or, might there be some cultural explanation? I only recently learned the difference between lunar year numbers and solar year numbers.

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      3. I guess I can’t help you on the dates, my friend. I just got it from the website I used to get the dates. It would be great if you could enlighten me eventually why the site said that the year of the Red Monkey starts on Feb 4 but the Chinese new year is on Feb 8. I’m now confused.

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  2. Oh gosh! And my very first thought here, was Bruce Willis. Before I read what you had written. But that movie had twelve monkeys. And lots of red. Blood.
    I wonder … why Bruce Willis? I mean… In my mind… Wov

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  3. 2016 is year of the Red Monkey Male FireMonkey. The Chinese name of 2016 in the Chinese Horoscope calendar is Male Fire Monkey. Chinese apply Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) into the Chinese calendar. Male Fire is in the Fire group. The color of Fire is connected to Red. Monkey is the calendar character corresponding to Monkey. Therefore, 2016 is the Red Fire Monkey year.
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    That!

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