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2016 — a Monkey Year

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival would be a signal to farmers in China to begin their preparations for the sowing of their fields.

There are many legends about this Spring Festival. In folk culture, it was also known as “guonian” (meaning “passing a year”). Legend has it that the “nian” (year) was a strong monster which was fierce and cruel and ate one kind of animal (including human beings) per day. The people were scared of it and had to hide on the evening when the “nian” came out. However they discovered that the “nian” was scared of fireworks and the colour red and so began the tradition of using the colour red and loud fireworks to drive the ‘‘nian” away. .

In China red has become the colour of fortune, wealth and prosperity and is believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck. Therefore on New Year's Day, everyone will dress in new clothes to welcome a brand-new age in terms of all aspects and red underwear is also a must ! The wearing of it is believed to bring good luck, wealth and longevity.

Kids are given red envelopes as gifts.

Stuffed with cash the are the most popular gifts from grandparents, uncles, aunts and other elders As being one of the traditional Chinese festivals, it is the grandest and most important festival for the Chinese people.A time for the whole family to get together, rather like Christmas Day to westerners. Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th - 11th century BC), it celebrates family reunion and hopes for the advent of spring and blossoming of flowers. Most employees have 7-12 days off work, and students are given a one month vacation.

-  So expect to see more Chinese visitors in Pattaya around this time

Chinese New Year is represented by 1 of the 12 creatures of the Chinese Zodiac – 2016 is the year of the Monkey. People born within this year are believed to be witty, clever and intelligent, especially in their careers and with regards to wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. In addition it is said that their gentleness and honesty will bring them an everlasting love life. However their shortcomings are said to be an impetuous temper and tendency to look down upon others.

Celebrities born in the year of the monkey include

A “Monkey Year” is forecast as being a lively, optimistic and progressive year where finances, politics, and real estate should see an upturn (fingers crossed ) although there may be an undercurrent of insecurity. Everyone wants to work the shrewdest angle, get the best deal, and win big. However, business decisions made this year should be based on fact, not emotion. Problems and chicanery abound, so nothing this year should be taken for granted, whether politically, financially, professionally, domestically or emotionally.

A particularly auspicious time for new inventions, the Year of the Monkey is for taking risks and being rebellious, a year when agile, inventive minds, sheer guts and bravado will win out. A time for courage, action, and devotion to even the wildest of schemes and a time to start new endeavors. But a word to the wise: those those who are dull or slow witted, and can’t handle the stress will come unglued.

So the Chinese horoscope recommends that in the year of the Monkey we move forward, make strides, and stretch out for what may lay ahead. The Year Of The Monkey 2016 is a time for business usually considered risky, and where you should run with ideas, embrace the inventive, and don’t look back.

What Chinese Zodiac sign were you born under ?