January, 2016 Archive

Chinese New Year 2016 – 8 Things You Need To Know About The Year of the Monkey


  1. On February 8th 2016, we move into the Chinese Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the Chinese Zodiac Calendar.
  2. Your Chinese zodiac sign is worked out from the year you were born in the Chinese lunar calendar. There are 12 signs in the Chinese Zodiac, just like the Western Zodiac Calendar, but each sign corresponds to a year, rather than a month. (It gets complicated if you were born in January or February though as the new year moves between 21 January and February 20. If If you want to know your exact Chinese zodiac sign is, visit http://www.chinesezodiac.com/calculator.php )Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
    Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
    Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
    Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
    Dragon: 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
    Snake: 2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
    Horse: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
    Goat: 2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
    Monkey: 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
    Rooster: 2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
    Dog: 2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
    Pig: 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
  3. Those born in the Year of the Money are seen as intelligent and smart, innovative and creative, which makes them winners in the career and wealth stakes. And they’re sociable too, being lively, playful, self-assured and quick-witted. But be careful, these cheeky monkeys have a mischievous side too! They love practical jokes and their quick temper can get the better of them. Whatsmore, they have a tendency to be suspicious, cunning and jealous.
  4. The Chinese symbol for monkey is:
  5. Famous Monkeys include Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Lord Byron, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Douglas, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.
  6. The date of Chinese New Year varies from year to year. It’s based on the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. It’s also known as the Spring Festival as it falls on the second new moon after winter solstice – somewhere between 21 January and 19 February. This year, Chinese New Year falls on 8th February.
  7. The Year of the Monkey is seen as one of the most unlucky in China, so to keep luck on your side, watch out for the Monkey’s lucky signs: the numbers 1, 7 and 8; the colours white, gold and blue, and the flowers chrysanthemum and alliums.
  8. Celebrations take place up and down the UK, with the biggest party outside Asia being held in London on Valentine’s Day, Sunday February 14th. The highlight of the celebrations is always the colourful parade, starting at Charing Cross and culminating in Chinatown.Xīnnián hǎo!

Dates to Celebrate 2016

Make sure you don’t miss those all important dates in 2016 with our Special High Days and Holidays Calendar. There certainly are plenty of reasons to celebrate this year!



1st           New Year’s Day
25th         Robert Burns’ Night
18-31st   Australian Open Tennis, Melbourne


8th           Chinese New Year (Year of the Monkey)
9th           Pancake Day (Shrove Tuesday)
14th         Valentine’s Day
17th         Random Acts of Kindness Day
18th         Ash Wednesday
29th         Leap Year Day


1st           St. David’s Day
6th           Mother’s Day UK
8th           International Women’s Day
9th           Commonwealth Day
17th         St. Patrick’s Day
20th         Spring Equinox
20th         Palm Sunday
25th         Good Friday
27th         Easter Sunday
27th         British Summertime Begins (clocks go forward)


1st           April Fool’s Day
7-10th     US Masters Golf, Augusta
9th           Grand National Horse Racing, Aintree
23rd        St. George’s Day

2nd          May Bank Holiday
21st         FA Cup Final, Wembley
22nd-Jun 5th French Open Tennis, Paris
30th         Spring Bank Holiday


6th           Ramadan Begins
10th–July 10th Euro 2016 Football
11th          Trooping the Colour
16-19th   US Open Golf, Oakmont
19th         Father’s Day UK
19th         National Kissing Day
20th        Summer Solstice (Longest Day)
27-July 10th Wimbledon Tennis


2-24th     Tour de France Cycling
5th           Ramadan Ends
6th           International Kissing Day
14-17th    British Open Golf, Troon
30th         International Day of Friendship


1st           Summer Bank Holiday
2nd          National Sister’s Day
5-21st     Summer Olympics, Rio de Janiero
29th        August Bank Holiday
29th-September 11th US Open Tennis, New Year


7-18th     Paralympic Games, Rio de Janiero
22nd        Autumn Equinox
30th-2nd October Ryder Cup, USA


2nd          Grandparents’ Day
2-4th       Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year)
5th           National Teachers’ Day
11-12th    Yom Kippur
25th         Mother-in-Law Day
30th         Diwali
30th         British Summertime Ends (clocks go back)
31st          Halloween


1st           All Saints Day
5th           Bonfire Night
11th         Armistice Day
13th         Kindness Day UK
13th         Remembrance Sunday
25th         Thanksgiving (USA)
30th         St. Andrew’s Day


21st         Winter Solstice
24th         Christmas Eve
24th         Hanukkah Begins
25th         Christmas Day
26th         Boxing Day
31st         New Year’s Eve / Hogmanay

Have we forgotten anything? Do let us know what days you celebrate!