2016 Year of the Fire Monkey

Chinese New Year 2016 on the Gold Coast 

*Chinese New Year is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first calendar month. The first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February. In 2016, the Chinese New Year is Monday, February 8th, starting seven days of celebration.

This year is the year of the Fire Monkey! 
Monkey is the ninth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese zodiac. The Years of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028...
Chinese apply Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) into the Chinese calendar. Fire is the connected calendar character corresponding to Monkey. Therefore, 2016 is the Red Fire Monkey year!

So all you Monkeys and party people, here are a few ways you can celebrate the Chinese New Year on the Gold Coast

*Source - Wikipedia

 

By Marleigh Kelly