Happy Chinese New Year, and welcome to the Year of the Monkey.

This year, may you enjoy good fortune, fresh insight, and change for the better.

The sign of the monkey is associated with metal- representing gold, water- representing wisdom, and wind- representing change. The lucky colours are white, blue, and gold, and a lucky flower is the chrysanthemum.

If you are expecting a baby this year, your little monkey will be in good company. According to the New Zealand Herald, 2016 will be a good year for babies because it is believed those born in the Year of the Monkey are destined to be smart, charming, and talented.

You’re also a monkey if you were born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, or 2004.

The Monkey is the ninth Chinese horoscope sign in a 12-year cycle. Your sign is the sign of the year you were born. If you were born before Feb. 4, you were born under the sign of the previous year.

Traditionally, Chinese New Year is a time for bells, firecrackers, lion dances, family dinners, and remembering relatives who have passed away. People sweep away the past and move forward with the new, wearing red and jade for good luck. Adults give red envelopes with lucky money and good wishes to children.

Each year, Chinese New Year is celebrated somewhere between the end of January and mid-February.

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