Happy New Year, You Cheeky Monkey


Gong xi fa cai, happy new (lunar) year. Although in the West we like to fix dates (January 1st) for our occasions, in Japan, India, China and quite a lot of Asia, we work with the pull of the moon. So, Lunar New Year is the first new moon of the year.

In Shengxiao, or the Chinese zodiac, it’s a monkey year, so if you’d like a philosophy for living your life this year, you could do worse than doing as the monkey does:

Monkeys are fun and loving persons who are always cheerful and energetic. They are very clever. Give a monkey a boring book to read and he’ll turn it into a Musical. Better yet, he’ll invite everyone to see it free! That’s how talented, creative and generous monkeys usually are.
Chinese Astrology (UK)

Happy lunar new year from us, and remember… hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

Of course, your definition of evil might be different to ours.

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