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Gong Xi Fa Cai 2016 – Year of the Monkey – Happy Lunar New Year

By February 8, 2016June 9th, 2023No Comments
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“Happiness and prosperity,” is a common phrase when wishing someone a Happy Lunar New Year. In Chinese you would say, 恭喜發財 or Gōngxǐ fācái (pronunciation). 2016 is Year of the Monkey.


Chinese Word 猴 Hóu
Earthly Branch of Birth Year 申 Shen
Five Elements (Wǔ Xing) 五行 Metal
Yin Yang (Energy) Yang
Lunar Month Seventh
Lucky Numbers 1, 7, 8
Unlucky Numbers 2, 5, 9 (avoid these)
Lucky Flowers Chrysanthemum, Alliums
Lucky Colors White, Gold, Blue
Unlucky Colors Red, Black, Grey (avoid these)
Season Autumn
Gemstone Peridot
Years 1944, 1956, 1968, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028 …

Additional Reading
– Wu Xing: five-element theory of Chinese philosophy (visit)
– Travel China Guide – Year of the Monkey (visit)
– Year of the Monkey from Wikipedia, Chinese Zodiac
– Your Chinese Astrology
– Other Happy Lunar New Years on our Blog:

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