Happy Chinese New Year, the year of the Fire Monkey. The current new year runs from today February 8, 2016 through January 27, 2017 sequenced by the Lunisolar Chinese calendar that changes with each year. The Chinese New Year is also marked by the element of fire from the five vital elements of gold, water, wood, fire and earth. The Chinese animal zodiac sign of the monkey was preceded by the sheep zodiac sign and will be succeeded by the sign of the rooster.
Celebrations traditionally begin on the eve of the Chinese New Year and during the first 15 days of the new year. Today and tomorrow are also days of celebration for the birthday of the Chinese water god, Shuishen.
What does this mean for rowers? Lucky colors in the Chinese New Year are white, gold and blue. Lucky numbers are 1, 7 and 8. Lucky charms if you were born in the Year of the Fire Monkey are found in the numbers 4 and 9. In any case, rowing a single or in a 8 this year wearing these colors may just bring extra luck especially if you are traveling north, northwest or west.Then again you could always stack your 4 with a fire monkey.
新年好 / 新年好 (New Year Goodness)