The celestial odometer is about to click over to a new year on the Chinese calendar, and this year celebrates the Year of the Monkey; the red fire monkey to be precise.
Chinese New Year starts on the night of the second new moon of the winter solstice; somewhere between January 21 and February 20.
This year the 15-day festival of feasting, fireworks, and time with family and friends – China’s most important traditional celebration – begins on Monday February 8.
The lucky dozen
The monkey is one of 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac – the others are ox, snake, sheep, rooster, horse, pig, dog, rat, dragon, tiger and rabbit. Tradition has it that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same way as western astrology signs; and the chosen 12 were the first to respond to a call from the gods to have animals designated as signs of each year.
Other monkey years include 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004. However, monkey years are believed to be the most unlucky for people born in a year of the monkey
But according to niche travel advisory China Highlights, monkeys can make the most of their health, wealth, career and love life in 2016 by seeking the blessing of lucky stars.
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Career: Maybe prosperous, if...
Monkeys need to focus on their career and discipline themselves for career success. If not, they will hardly achieve anything. They should guard against untrustworthy people and discipline themselves in order to avoid trouble. The luckiest months will be the second, fifth, and 12th Chinese lunar months.
Wealth: Cashing in on good fortune
Great unexpected fortune will find its way to monkeys in 2016. The best months for fortune will be the second and 12th Chinese lunar months, during which monkeys should make full use of their time to invest and cash in. They should avoid gambling, speculating, and collecting illegal or greedy gains, or they will lose everything they have, especially in the third lunar month.
Health: Play it safe
Monkeys will suffer from minor illnesses; however, they will not come to much harm if they are careful. Be aware of traffic safety and never take risks. Their health horoscope is never above neutral, but worse in the fourth and 10th lunar months.
Love: Relax into relationships
Monkeys' relationships will be rather colourless this year. The more they long for a relationship, the harder it will be for them to get one. They may encounter a romantic relationship if it happens naturally, especially in the seventh and 12th lunar months. They will have a happy ending if they seize the right opportunities.
For the not so superstitious
And for those who prefer not to leave their health, wealth and career prospects to the stars a financial adviser is always a good option.
As for your love life; well, that’s your own monkey business.