The Year of The Monkey2016 is the year of the Monkey and the Monkey is ninth of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. Each year is related to an animal sign according to a 12-year-cycle so the Monkey years are 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016. People born in a year of the Monkey are supposed to be witty, intelligent, and have a magnetic personality. Personality traits, like mischievousness, curiosity, and cleverness, make them very naughty. Monkeys are masters of practical jokes, because they like playing most of the time. Though they don't have any bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt the feelings of others. Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists. Great unexpected fortune will find its way to Monkeys in 2016, so they will not have to worry about food and clothes. The best months for them to make their fortune will be the second and twelfth Chinese lunar months, during which they should make full use of their time to invest and cash in. They should avoid gambling, speculating, and collecting illegal or greedy gains, or they will lose everything they have, especially in the third Chinese lunar month. They should also guard against becoming poor due to greed. Monkeys should not show off their wealth, or they will be persecuted by others. [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="full" ids="2789,2790"] Incorporate the Year of the Monkey into your decorations with these red and yellow Chinese New Year Monkey Danglers Attractive red, gold and silver hanging ceiling decoration, featuring a bold card cutout hanging from a foil streamer. Cutout depicts the Chinese symbol for monkey, as well as a monkey silhouette. You can hang these up to decorate your room at the Chinese New Year, or on the birthday of those born in the year of the monkey. Decoration measures 76.2cm (30") long. Or the 6ft 6" 2016 Year of the Monkey Hanging Stringer is s great way to cover large areas.
For something a bit cheeky why not use a few of these cute inflatable monkeys to decorate your venue. They look great hanging from doorways or nestled amongst your house plants.
Chinese New Year Party TraditionsHosting a Chinese New Year party is a great way to celebrate with all of your closest family and friends. Traditional Chinese celebrations are all about symbolism and lucky traditions to ensure you have a fortuitous 2016. You can incorporate the Chinese New Year traditions into your party theme through the invitations, decorations, food, tableware and music. Here are a few Chinese New Year traditions for your event:
- Clean your home before the start of the Chinese New Year to sweep away bad luck from the current year.
- Ask guests to remove their shoes at the door to encourage a smooth transition into the New Year.
- Send red themed Chinese New Year party invitations
- Decorate your home with Chinese New Year party decorations. Hang red lanterns with gold accents.
- Place figurines of dragons in the middle of each table for the centre pieces.
- Hand out Chinese New Year party favours, such as red gift bags with Chinese lucky coins or red envelopes with money (known as Lai See).
- A lion dance performed with the loud beats of a drum is a symbolic ritual used to usher in the new year. Two or three performers usually don a special costume and mimic a lion’s movements to ward off sorrow and fight back ill-fortune. A dragon dance may also occur when a team of people carry a large dragon on poles and travel in curving patterns around the room.
- Red envelopes containing money are passed out to close family members for luck, usually from married couples or the elderly to unmarried juniors and children. Sometimes chocolate or lucky coins may also be found inside.
Chinese New Year Party Decorations
- Red and gold are both colours with significant symbolism within Chinese culture. Red typically signifies good luck and energy, while gold is associated with both wealth and happiness. Use this theme in your decorations, tableware and costumes dress in these colours or to ensure you have a successful event and year
- Red paper lanterns are used in many Chinese celebrations including during the New Year festival. The hanging lights are meant to resemble a full moon in the sky.
- Firecrackers are traditionally wrapped in red paper and then ignited so that their loud explosions will scare away any evil spirits that may be lurking.
Chinese New Year Paper Printed Lanterns - A pack of 3 stunning red and gold paper lanterns with dragon rampant, flower, and calligraphy print. Hang these lanterns up at your Chinese New Year celebration for an authentic effect. Each lantern measures 24cm across.[gallery size="full" columns="2" link="none" ids="2786,2787"]
Combine our different lanterns for a beautiful effect and hang from ceilings, doorways and windows. This Red & Gold Tassel Lantern makes great interior decorations or can mark the way to your venue. Perfect for use with lights to create a soft glow. These pretty Oriental Paper Lantern Decorations make perfect decorations for any Chinese New Year or Oriental themed party. Great when used with our hanging lights and when combined with our other Oriental Lantern styles for decorative displays.
For a simple yet effective and low cost way to decorate your venue, these red and yellow Chinese new year balloons work well outside, over doorways or tied to chairs.
For a more dramatic party decoration, have a look at this eye-catching Chinese dragon helium balloon with bright colours and metallic scales. This balloon would look great inflated in front of a window, in the corner of a room or at a table as a centrepiece. Balloon measures 78cm x 1.02m (31" x 40").
Chinese New Year Food & DrinkCertain dishes are eaten during the Chinese New Year for their symbolic meaning. Lucky food is served during the 16-day festival season, especially New Year’s Eve, which is believed to bring good luck for the coming year. The auspicious symbolism of these foods is based on their pronunciations or appearance.
- A large meal shared family-style is the most common practice for Chinese New Year celebrations. A staple of this sumptuous feast must be noodles since their length is a sign of longevity.
- Plan the Chinese New Year party menu to include traditional foods such as dumplings, mandarin orange pancakes, and crispy orange beef. Serve oranges and tangerines as part of the dessert menu which represent wealth, luck, and happiness, into the Chinese New Year party as much as possible. Serve beverages such as Chinese beer, wine, and tea.
- Fish is another lucky food and it is customary to serve a whole fish. By including the head and the tail, the coming year is guaranteed to contain “happy beginnings and endings,” and since there will be leftovers, the dish is a symbol of prosperity. Steaming the fish with a simple black bean sauce is believed to be the best way to display its freshness.
- The head should be placed toward distinguished guests or elders, representing respect.
- Diners can enjoy the fish only after the one who faces the fish head eats first.
- The fish shouldn't be moved. The two people who face the head and tail of fish should drink together, as this is considered to have a lucky meaning.
- Mandarin oranges are also very popular during Chinese New Year. The little golden tangerines are exchanged between families because their name is a homophone for “luck” in the Teochew dialect.
Chinese New Year Tableware & Party FavoursI absolutely love this pretty Chinese New Year tableware range - with red, yellow and gold print Chinese New Year paper cups with Chinese calligraphy saying "Happy New Year", lanterns, dragons and the national flower of China, the meihua (plum blossom). [gallery size="full" link="none" ids="2797,2796,2798"] Add one of our Chinese table runners and Chinese new year centrepieces to finish off the table. It's also customary to give small gifts of Chinese lucky coins or money envelopes or alternatively use a table decorations. [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="full" ids="2800,2799"]
Chinese New Year Crafts
- Chinese New Year Fans: Make beautiful fans for a Chinese New Year kids craft. Gather supplies which include three pieces of red construction paper, decorative stamps, gold acrylic paint, a paint brush, a glue stick, two gold chenille stems, and one red chenille stem. As a first step, decorate the red paper with the gold stamps. Use the glue stick to attach the three pieces of construction paper together. Fold the red paper into accordion style. Select one end of the fan, and hold all of the pleats together at that end by wrapping around the gold and red chenille stems.
- Red Firecrackers:Make a string of firecrackers to scare aware evil spirits during the Chinese New Year. Gather the supplies, which include four cardboard tubes, red construction paper, tape, gold glitter glue, red or white yarn, and scissors. Use half a piece of red construction paper to roll around each tube and secure it with tape. Fold the ends of the construction paper inside the tube on both ends. Once dry, tape yarn inside one of the ends of each tube and string them together.
- Door Hangers:Welcome good fortune into your home this Chinese New Year craft with door hangers. Decorate red foam door hangers with gold glitter. Make traditional patterns such as oranges and tangerines for good luck. Add Chinese lettering that says “welcome” on the door hanger. Find the details of the lettering online.