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Happy New Year 2016
Posted By: Sifu
On December 24, 2015 at 10:03

Saturday January 2 is the first class of the new year. That means regular hours beginning at 9 am for the advanced class, 10am for Intermediate/advanced and 11am for Beginners and new students.
We will be planning a date soon for the Chinese New Year banquet for the 

Year of the Monkey officially beginning on February 8

More to come on this fun event.  Below is some information on the Monkey sign.

Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years.  Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter cycle of 12 years denoted by animals:

  Rat    Ox    Tiger Rabbit  Dragon Snake  Horse  Sheep MonkeyRooster Dog  Pig 
2008 2009  2010  2011  2012  2013   2014  2015   2016    2017   2018 2007

Calculating 'When is the Chinese New Year in 2016'Chinese New Year 2016 - Monkey

The fact that the date of Chinese New Year varies within about a month is a clue that it's linked to the new moon.  A rough, and almost infallible guide is that the Chinese New Year follows the second new moon after the winter solstice.  The winter solstice always falls on December 21st, the next new moon is on January 10th 2016, and the second new moon is  

Chinese New Year 2016 - Year of the MonkeyChinese New Year 2016 - Monkey (猴)

The date for the Chinese New Year in 2016 is February 8th.  This is the year of the Fire Monkey. 

Year of the Monkey

The monkey ranks ninth of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. The monkey is a clever animal and is frequently compared to a smart person. Pictures of monkeys are often placed on walls and doors to bring good fortune.

Characteristics of Monkey People

  • People born in the year of the monkey are lively, flexible, witty and versatile with strong practical ability.
  • They love to be active and they enjoy sports.
  • Often highly intelligent, they are talented problem solvers, and are self-assured, sociable and innovative.
  • They love being the centre of attention and have a magnetic personality.
  • Monkey people have an insatiable desire for knowledge and show amazing creativity in their work.
  • They like challenges and love to succeed, although they can be discouraged if things don't go their way.
  • Monkeys are mischievous; they are masters of the practical joke (though they can sometimes take things too far)
  • They tend to be healthy (probably due to their active lifestyle) but should remember to take a break from their busy schedule now and again.
  • Negative traits are that they can be jealous, suspicious, cunning, arrogant and impatient, and tend to look down on others.

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