Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái
“wishing you a prosperous new year”
This year is the year of the monkey. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with an animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon (me), Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. You are a monkey if you were born in: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, or this year, 2016.
Monkeys are said to be smart, clever and intelligent, especially in their career and wealth. They are lively, flexible, quick-witted and versatile. 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.
Lucky Numbers: 1, 7, 8
Lucky Colors: white, gold, blue
Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
I decorated the traditional pussy willow tree again this year. If you want to learn more about this tradition, visit my post from last year. It was very hard to find the pussy willow branches here in the US and I ended up ordering them on-line from a store in New York. I was a little disappointed as I was expecting them to be as large and as beautiful as they were in Singapore. I really should be happy that I was able to find any!
I am sending a special wish to all my Singaporean friends - Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!!! I wish I were there to celebrate and eat all the yummy delicacies of the season, especially the pea cookies!!