Happy Chinese New Year – Welcome Fire Monkey

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

On 8th February we will be welcoming in the New Year and according to the Chinese Calendar it heralds the year of the Fire Monkey. Those born under the sign of Monkey (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004) are thought to be intelligent, hard-working, fast learners, curious, witty, ambitious and adventurous. However, their intelligence mixed with their love of mischief can make them naughty and they can be crafty opportunists.

It is considered to be not a lucky year for those who are Monkeys and advisable for them to eat more red apples and wear more green!

The general advice for us seems to be to ‘expect the unexpected’! This will be a year in which anything can happen. There is little point in fastidious planning as things will move fast. But Monkey energy can find unconventional ways to solve old problems and risk-taking can pay off. Be creative and innovative. Dare to dream! And dream big then put it into action with some effort.

It’s also a great year to give birth and to find love!

There are many traditions around the New Year. These include not cleaning your home with a brush at the start of the New Year as you will be brushing away good fortune. Likewise, don’t wash your hair as your good fortune will go down the drain. Don’t use scissors and try to placate crying children as the sound of the cries brings back luck to the whole family.

Leeds will be celebrating Chinese New Year with a  number of celebrations. Check out what’s on here.

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