Chinese New Year 2016

by Fingal Libraries
by Fingal Libraries on February 18, 2016 in Libraries

Chinese New Year took place on Monday 8th February this year.  In Malahide Library I put up a display in the Junior Section to acknowledge this celebration Unlike western cycles the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years.  Within the ‘Stem-Branch’ system is a shorter cycle of 12-years denoted by animals, namely […]

Chinese New Year took place on Monday 8th February this year. In Malahide Library I put up a display in the Junior Section to acknowledge this celebration

Unlike western cycles the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years. Within the ‘Stem-Branch’ system is a shorter cycle of 12-years denoted by animals, namely the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

The lunar Chinese New Year calendar below shows which of 12 animals you are! Naturally the animal depends on the year in which you were born. Note: if you were born in January or February you need to check if your birthday was before or after the date of that Chinese New Year. (If it was before this day your animal is the one shown for the previous year). Using the calendar, I was able to figure out which animal was associated with which library staff members using their birth years! There was 1 rabbit, 1 dragon, 2 dogs, 1 horse, 1 rat, 2 tigers, 1 monkey, 1 ox and 1 snake.

On the Chinese calendar 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. It is the Fire Hóu (火 猴) year of the Fire Monkey. Fire is the third of the ten celestial stems and 猴 Hóu (Monkey) is the ninth of the twelve terrestrial branches. Fire is one of the terrestrial elements of the Chinese zodiac (the other elements are wood, metal, water and earth).

Fire brings huge energy and determination to the Monkeys. They strive to gain the upper hand and like nothing better than to be at the top of the tree. Being recognised for their achievements gives them greater job satisfaction than money.

Monkey people are lively, flexible, witty and versatile with strong practical ability. Often highly intelligent, they are talented problem solvers, and are self-assured, sociable and innovative. Negative traits are that they can be jealous, suspicious, cunning, arrogant and impatient, and tend to look down on others.

Some famous people born in the Year of the Monkey are Leonardo da Vinci, Christina Aguilera and Will Smith.

Books in the Malahide Library display included books on the celebration of Chinese New Year, books about the country of China and books on monkeys.

By Sharon Quinn

Malahide Library

Editor’s Note: Fingal Libraries offer a Free Online Course in Chinese Culture Studies through Universal Class. Click here to see more information.