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Happy New Year!

The Lunar New Year dates from 2600 BC, when the Emperor Huang Ti introduced the first cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

Because of cyclical lunar dating, the first day of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. On the Chinese calendar, 2016 is Lunar Year 4713. On the Western calendar, the start of Chinese New Year in 2016 falls on Monday, February 8, 2016 — The Year of the Monkey!

2016 Year of the Monkey

Year of the Monkey
2016 Year of the Monkey predictions

Traditional Chinese New Year foods

If you were born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 or 2016 you were born under the sign of the monkey.

Monkey personality traits are some of the most popular in the zodiac as monkeys are generally considered clever, charismatic, and extremely intelligent. They are often bored by mundane details, and don't like projects where they are unable to jump in with both feet and become completely immersed.

They can be fickle in affairs of the heart (in true monkey fashion, can even be considered "swingers"!), but once they find their true love monkeys usually enjoy settled domestic bliss, and consider their spouses and family as a comforting refuge.

One of the most inventive of creatures, monkeys usually excel as business leaders, troubleshooters, or inventors. In 2016, watch as your efforts pay off as you enter into a prosperous period in which you can really shine, either personally or professionally.

Famous people born under the Sign of the Monkey? They include Julius Caesar, Daniel Craig, Bette Davis, Jake Gyllenhaal, Eleanor Roosevelt, Diana Ross, Will Smith, Elizabeth Taylor, Harry S. Truman, and Leonardo da Vinci.

Around the Web, learn more about Chinese New Year celebrations in the U.S. and worldwide, browse festive clip art and e-mail greetings, or read up on holiday customs and folklore.

Let's also not forget the traditional foods and Chinese New Year recipes surrounding a traditional weeks-long Chinese Lunar New Year which concludes with an equally festive Lantern Festival celebrated on Monday, February 22, 2016.

More about Chinese New Year around the Web:

Chinese New Year - Here's a great intro to the festivities, with brief descriptions of traditional celebrations slated for all 15 days of the New Year or Spring Festival, plus more on traditional Chinese New Year foods, decorations, taboos and superstitions.

Chinese New Year - Wikipedia - Check out a wonderful overview of the history, symbols, customs & foods surrounding the 15-day festivities including information on traditional gifts, flowers, fireworks, good luck / bad luck superstitions, how Chinese New Year is celebrated around the world, plus lots of related links and resources.

Teacher Planet - Chinese New Year - This is a great collection of fun activities and instructional how to's including dragon crafts, paper lanterns & garlands, scavenger hunt sheets, related lesson plans, plus links to clip art & history resources.

Chinese New Year Greetings, E-Cards - A collection of animated and Flash greetings, Spring Festival, and Happy New Year cards.

Chinese New Year Clip Art - Check out kid-friendly images of zodiac signs, dragon parades and more.


Chinese New Year Recipes

The traditional New Year dinner for the imperial house was composed of 99 dishes since the number 9 is an auspicious number! Fish are a good luck food, but take care to serve the fish whole to preserve the good fortune.

Homemade Chinese Fortune Cookies

orangeIn some areas of China it's a popular custom to give oranges because in Chinese, the word "orange" sounds like "Ji", which means "good luck". People present oranges to their friends and relatives to express their respects and good wishes for the coming year.


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