Chinese New Year 2016: Year of the Monkey

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With the Year of the Monkey very nearly upon us, it’s that time of year again — a chance to gather up all the red clothes you can find and celebrate Chinese New Year with friends and family.

For the team here at Living Realty, the Year of the Horse will be a tough one to beat — after all, the year not only marked our brokerage’s 35th-year anniversary, but also saw the GTA break annual sales records for both real estate sales activity and average home price.

Luckily, however, the Year of the Monkey – which begins on Thursday, February 8th – is widely regarded as an ideal time for personal advancement. This is especially true when it comes to innovation, invention, and entrepreneurial ventures.

Characteristics of the Monkey

Those born in the year of the Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, or 2016) tend to bear the key traits of their animal namesake: namely intelligence, charisma, and curiosity. Rarely lacking a sense of mischief, those born in the Monkey year are also highly talented when it comes to practical jokes and elaborate pranks.

Like the other signs of the Chinese Zodiac, there are four types of Monkeys attributed to the calendar. 2016, and 1956 before it, are years of the Fire Monkey. It is said that people born in Fire Monkey years possess all of the traits above, as well as exceptional degrees of intensity and ambition.

While Fire Monkeys may be prone to burnout and fatigue – and must make the time to occasionally relax – they also tend to approach projects with an unusual degree of passion and resolve, making them highly sought-after as innovators.

Famous Canadians born in the year of the Fire Monkey include actress Wendy Crewson (born May 9, 1956), who starred alongside Harrison Ford in Air Force One, and television journalist John Roberts (born November 15, 1956).

Famous Figures Born in the Year of the Monkey

  • Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor (1980)
  • George Lucas, filmmaker (1944)
  • Joel “Deadmau5” Zimmerman, music producer (1981)
  • Oscar de la Renta, fashion designer (1932)
  • Michael Smith, Canadian chemist and Nobel Prize winner (1932)
  • Will Smith, actor and musician (1968)

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