With the appearance of the new moon tonight a good part of the world’s population is welcoming in a New Year: the year of the Fire Monkey – Bing-Shen, the 32nd year in the 60 year cycle of the Chinese Calendar. And though we tend to think of it as Chinese Festival it is celebrated with many of the same traditions in several other countries in Asia – as an example Tết Nguyên Đán, the Feast of the First Morning of the First Day in Vietnam begins today. And the Festival is observed in Singapore, Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia – and almost any place where there is a large Chinese presence.
With first day of the celebration come the predictions for the coming year and here is at least one fortune-teller’s take on what we can expect:
For all 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, provided you demonstrate endurance and patience, 2016 is the perfect time for receiving invigorating energies.
If you start a new project, make sure you get associated with the right business partners, as new sparkling energies also mean heavier risks in case of failure. At work, provided you stay quick, focused and surrounded by the right people, your business might become mature enough for takeoff in 2016.
2016 is not for habits and negative energies are quickly repelled. The combination of Fire with the sign of the Monkey brings vitality and innovation to both business and personal relationships.
During 2016, political tensions are stronger as conservative governments and financial markets get a harder time. People and money are moving around the planet at an even faster rate, and only the most resourceful and risk-taking individuals amongst the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac are promised great success in 2016.
It’s also perfect time for you to reconsider part of the organization of your social life, as some friends suddenly behave more bitter and jealous, leaving you disappointed and disengaged.
2016 still is a year of optimism, cheerfulness and happy family gatherings.
Well it’s good to see that there is room for optimism and cheerfulness in the coming year for us all; but how is it going to be for specific signs in this year of the Monkey:
This is a generally auspicious year for Rats, Oxen, Dragons, Horses, Monkeys, Roosters and Dogs. This could be a difficult year for Tigers, Snakes, and Boars. Rabbits should beware their finances. Sheep should take care of their health.
Amazing Year for: Rats, Dragons, Monkeys – brings charm and confidence. Unstable but dynamic!
Positive Year for: Goats, Rabbits, Ox – improvement in all areas of life. Progress finally!
Exciting Year for: Roosters, Horses – Tricky situations abound. Enjoy the stimulation!
Complex Year for: Tigers, Snakes, Boars, Dogs – strong focus and objectivity brings the best results.
It is a tradition to send family and friends Huichun (Faichun) or good luck couplets to hang around the house in the hope of bringing luck in the New Year. Chun lian is a special type of couplet composed of two poetic lines matching both sound and sense that is used only during the New Year. Often Huichun offer wishes of prosperity, gold and good fortune in business but as it has been in the past my wish for all my family and friends in the year of the Fire Monkey is something more important than wealth and promotion: