Monday, February 8, 2016


"Happy New Year" (in Chinese)

Today is the first day of the
Year of the Monkey

I am not Chinese; I am a Caucasian American Jew.
American Jews & Chinese have much in common & are closely knit.
Below is an official document which proves our solidarity:

The Year of the Monkey, which officially starts today, February 8, covers people born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004 as well as babies born in the next 12 months.
According to Chinese zodiac, the Monkey is smart, lively and quick-witted. They are gentle and honest, but they can also be jealous and short-tempered.
But what Chinese zodiac sign are you?

The Shēngxiào literally means birth likeness and is also known in English as the Chinese zodiac.

The zodiac sign is based on the year you were born. Find your birth year and this is your zodiac star sign.
However if you were born before Chinese New Year, your star sign will be for the one for the year before. See below for the meanings.
Rat - 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020.
Ox - 1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021.
Tiger - 1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022.
Rabbit - 1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023.
Dragon - 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024.
Snake - 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025.
Horse - 1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026.
Sheep - 1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027.
Monkey - 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028.
Rooster - 1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029.
Dog - 1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030.
Boar - 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031.

Chinese Zodiac Sign Meanings

Chinese Zodiac Rat
Element: Water
Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey
Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable. 
Chinese Zodiac Ox
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Snake and Rooster
Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined
Bull Symbolic Meaning here. 
Chinese Zodiac Tiger
Element: Wood
Partners well with: 
Horse and Dog
Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic
Click here for more Chinese symbolic meanings for Tiger. 
Chinese Zodiac Rabbit
Element: Wood
Partners well with: Sheep and Boar
Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers. More on Rabbit meanings here. 
Chinese Zodiac Dragon
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Rat and Monkey
Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic
More on Chinese Dragon Symbolism here. 
Chinese Zodiac SnakeSnake:
Element: Fire
Partners well with: Rooster and Ox
Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive
Symbolism of Snake here. 
Chinese Zodiac Symbol Horse
Element: Fire
Partners well with: Dog and Tiger
Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong 
(see also Horse symbolic meanings. 
Chinese Zodiac Symbol Sheep
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit
Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm 
Chinese Zodiac Monkey Symbol
Element: Metal
Partners well with: Dragon and Rat
Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart. More on Monkey symbolism here. 
Chinese Zodiac Rooster
Element: Metal
Partners well with: Snake and Ox
Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident. For more information on Rooster Symbol meanings, click here. 
Chinese Zodiac Dog
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Tiger and Horse
Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart 
Chinese Zodiac Boar
Element: Water
Partners well with: Sheep and Rabbit
Characteristics: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable

Be careful when you get a tattoo:

新年快乐----鱼鸭子 (If my translator wasn't playing games with me, that says "Happy New Year----fishducky")



  1. Thank you for your lesson in Chinese....I just happen to be a Monkey, but have no idea how Christian/Monkey works together as does you Jewish combination. Have a wonderful week, Fran.

  2. Ha! I like the guy stuck with needles saying enough with the acupuncture and asking for an aspirin.

  3. I'll take all the "New Years" I can get.

  4. Nah, don't recognise myself in my birth year. Love the acupuncture aspirin cartoon.
    And a very happy New Year to you and yours.

  5. Enjoyable post thank you

  6. I can't believe I was born in the year of the JERK!

    I love Chinese food, not on Christmas but always on New Years Day.

  7. We used to read these on the menu of our local Chinese restaurant. I'm a DOG, as is my son Genius. Hick is a HORSE, and The Pony is a TIGER. That really sounds kind of confusing, huh? Seems like we're all supposed to get along with each other. Which we do, in our own special way...

    1. I'm also a dog. Bud is a monkey. Our kids are a boar, an ox & a rabbit. We USUALLY get along!!

  8. My stuffed monkeys are all very happy this is their year!
    My youngest niece is a Monkey, I'm a Dragon, my younger daughter (child #3) is a Dragon, nephew J is a Dragon, the rest of us are Rats, Rabbits, Boars, Dogs, Roosters and an Ox. And those are just the ones I know about.
    I wonder how many unknowing people have Chicken Noodle Soup tattooed on them?

    1. I once heard of a guy who had a shirt with Chinese characters on the pocket. It always came out of the laundry beautifully. Turns out it said, "Do not starch."!!


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