Ringing in the year of the monkey in Chinatown. Today marks the first day of the lunar New Year holiday, the year of the monkey.
In Beijing, hundreds of thousands of people visited traditional fairs held in parks, as well as Buddhist and Taoist temples offering singing and dance performances and open-air markets selling handicrafts. Today marks the first day of the Year of the Monkey – the ninth animal on the Chinese zodiac calendar.
People born during the year of the Monkey are said to be generally being smart, clever, and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth.
In addition, their gentleness and honesty bring them an everlasting love life. Although they were born with enviable skills, they still have several shortcomings, such as an impetuous temper and a tendency to look down upon others.
Some strengths they are sociable, innovative, enthusiastic, and self-assured. As for weaknesses are suspicious, cunning, selfish, arrogant, and jealous.
Each Chinese New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. The Chinese zodiac is divided into 12 blocks (or houses) just like its western counterpart, but with the major difference being that each house has a time-length of one year instead of one month.