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Happy Chinese New Year 2016 – The Year of the Monkey   14 comments

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1-CNY Photoshoot Esplanade 001Happy Chinese New Year 2016 – The Year of the Monkey

As a Malaysian of Chinese descent, our family also celebrate Chinese New Year today – Monday. 8th February, 2016. In Malaysia, today and tomorrow are public holidays for the general public. School is closed for a week. As we are going down to Weld Quay, George Town, Penang I happen to see these decorations at the Esplanade field so these are the resulting photographs which I shot in 15 minutes flat. Hope you all like these shots. The Chinese Zodiac Animals are probably the theme of this lantern display.

SP Lim

The Monkey (猴) is the ninth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Monkey is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 申.

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This is the Chinese Zodiac Animal sign of the blogger.
The Rabbit (卯) is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 卯.

In the Vietnamese zodiac, the cat takes the place of the Rabbit.

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From Wikipedia:-

The Shēngxiào literally “birth likeness”, is also known in English as the Chinese zodiac. Zodiac derives from the similar concept in western astrology and means “circle of animals”. It is a scheme and systematic plan of future action that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes according to a 12-year mathematical cycle. It remains popular in several East Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Mongolia. ( Malaysia Chinese too )

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The zodiac traditionally begins with the sign of the Rat. The following are the twelve zodiac signs (each with its associated Earthly Branch) in order and their characteristics.

1. Rat – 鼠 (子) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Water)
2. Ox – 牛 (丑) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Water)
3. Tiger – 虎 (寅) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
4. Rabbit – 兔 or 兎 (卯) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
5. Dragon – 龍 / 龙 (辰) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Wood)
6. Snake – 蛇 (巳) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
7. Horse – 馬 / 马 (午) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
8. Goat – 羊 (未) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Fire)
9. Monkey – 猴 (申) (Yang, 1st Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
10. Rooster – 雞 / 鸡 (酉) (Yin, 2nd Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
11. Dog – 狗 / 犬 (戌) (Yang, 3rd Trine, Fixed Element Metal)
12. Pig – 豬 / 猪 (亥) (Yin, 4th Trine, Fixed Element Water)

In Chinese astrology the animal signs assigned by year represent what others perceive you as being or how you present yourself. It is a common misconception that the animals assigned by year are the only signs and many western descriptions of Chinese astrology draw solely on this system. In fact, there are also animal signs assigned by month (called inner animals), by day (called true animals) and hours (called secret animals).

While a person might appear to be a Dragon because they were born in the year of the Dragon, they might also be a Snake internally, an Ox truly, and a Goat secretively.

Inserted by SP Lim

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Problems with English translation

Due to confusion with synonyms during translation, some of the animals depicted by the English words did not exist in ancient China. For example, 羊 can mean ram, sheep or Goat. Similarly, 鼠 (Rat) can also be translated as mouse, as there are no distinctive words for the two genera in Chinese. Further, 豬 (Pig) is sometimes translated to boar after its Japanese name, and 牛 plainly means cow or Ox, and not water buffalo, 水牛. 雞 (Rooster) may mean chicken, hen or cock. However, Rooster is the most commonly used one among all the synonyms, same for 羊, 鼠, etc.

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Prediction of the Rabbit for 2016 ( Year of the Monkey )   2 comments

12308731_10153638573851236_1934161702385461541_nThe RABBIT enjoys great good fortune in 2016. Your sign is flanked by Stars of Big Auspicious that bring incredibly exciting things. You also enjoy a vigourous Windhorse, which over recent years has been lacking energy. This year it awakens, refreshed and invigorated. You also enjoy the Star of Future Prosperity, which inspires you to build a solid foundation of wealth for the coming years. You thus benefit from three powerful indications that can make this a year to remember. Take fullest advantage by working hard and with clarity of purpose.

The Rabbit enjoys a special kind of success this year, when you benefit from opportunities that can propel you into the BIG TIME! It is a year of setting new bars for yourself! But you will require help from cosmic and spiritual feng shui enhancers. These will bring you revitalizing new sources of chi energy.

As predicted by Yuri Saito


I was born under the Year of the Rabbit in 1951.


From Wikipedia:-

The Rabbit (卯) is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. The Year of the Rabbit is associated with the Earthly Branch symbol 卯.
In the Vietnamese zodiac, the cat takes the place of the Rabbit.

Years and the Five Elements

People born within these date ranges can be said to have been born in the “Year of the Rabbit”, while also bearing the following elemental sign:
Start date / End date / Heavenly branch
2 February 1927 / 22 January 1928 / Fire Rabbit
19 February 1939 / 7 February 1940 / Earth Rabbit
6 February 1951 / 26 January 1952 / Metal Rabbit
25 January 1963 / 12 February 1964 / Water Rabbit
11 February 1975 / 30 January 1976 / Wood Rabbit
29 January 1987 / 16 February 1988 / Fire Rabbit
16 February 1999 / 4 February 2000 / Earth Rabbit
3 February 2011 / 22 January 2012 / Metal Rabbit
22 January 2023 / 9 February 2024 / Water Rabbit
8 February 2035 / 27 January 2036 / Wood Rabbit

Basic astrology elements

Earthly Branch of Birth Year: Mao

The Five Elements: Wood (Mu)
Yin Yang: Yin
Lunar Month: Second
Lucky Numbers: 3, 4, 6; Avoid: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Flowers: flower of fragrant plantainlily, nerve plant, snapdragon
Lucky Colors: red, pink, purple, blue; Avoid: dark brown, dark yellow, white


Other Chinese Zodiac Animals are :-
Rat/Mouse, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat/Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, in a cycle of 12 Years.
Last year 2014 was the Year of the Horse, this year 2015 is the Year of the Goat or Sheep and thus next year 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. However, please note that the commencement of the Year of the Monkey is from Monday, 8 February, 2016 onwards as the First Day of Chinese Lunar Year commences.

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