2016 (on the Chinese calendar) is a year of the Monkey, starting from February 8 (Chinese New Year), and ending on January 27, 2017 (Chinese New Year’s Eve).
In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one the Five Elements: Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. Both the sign and element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years:
|The Five Monkeys||Born||Character|
|Fire Monkey||... 2016, 1956, ...||Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable|
|Wood Monkey||... 2004, 1944, ...||Always ready to help others; compassionate, with strong self-esteem, but stubborn|
|Water Monkey||... 1992, 1932, ...||Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight, but haughty|
|Gold Monkey||... 1980, 1920, ...||Smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn|
|Earth Monkey||... 1968, 1908, ...||Frank, optimistic, and fearless|