Tuesday, February 09, 2016

More on the Year of the Monkey - Happy Chinese New Year 2016

Happy Chinese New Year! 2016 is the Year of the Monkey according to Chinese zodiac. The Year of the Monkey will start from Feb. 8, 2016 (the Lunar New Year / Spring Festival of China) and last to Jan. 27, 2017.
Our local First Coast Families with Chinese Children group is hosing the CNY celebration on February 21st.
The monkey ranks ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle. Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, and 2028.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
Lucky Directions: north, northwest, west
Red is one of the luckiest colors in Chinese culture, standing for prosperity, loyalty, success, and happiness. Red can drive away bad luck and evil spirits.
Therefore wearing red during your zodiac year (or zodiac year) will bring you good luck and give you a good year. You can wear a red belt, red socks, red shoes, or red clothes, and red underwear is highly recommended during your zodiac year. Besides wearing red, you can also wear jade accessories during your zodiac year to ward off bad luck, like pendants, earrings, rings, and bracelets.
Panda Express has a Celebrate Chinese New Year Kit which is nice for younger children and for the classroom. (www.celebratecny.com)

A few monkey jokes for the kids:
Why don't monkeys play cards in the jungle?
There are too many cheetahs there!
What key won't open any door?
A monkey!
Why did the monkey like the banana?
Because it had appeal!

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