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Monday, February 8, 2016

新年快乐 GUNG HAY FAT CHOY

"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
Rat:
Element: Water
Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey
Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable. 
Chinese Zodiac Ox
Ox:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Snake and Rooster
Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined
Bull Symbolic Meaning here. 
Chinese Zodiac Tiger
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
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
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
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
Sheep:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit
Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm 
Chinese Zodiac Monkey Symbol
Monkey:
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
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
Dog:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Tiger and Horse
Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart 
Chinese Zodiac Boar
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")