It’s Time To Celebrate the Year of the Monkey!
The holidays aren’t quite over yet!
Most of us rang in the New Year with those closest to us: our families and friends, and the people residing comfortably in our inner circle of love and trust. Perhaps you relaxed at home or travelled to see family and friends living in Victoria, Nanaimo or beyond.
Vancouver is rich with people of Chinese heritage, and while 2016 has been ushered in by way of the Gregorian calendar, the Year of the Monkey is nearly at hand! For people with family and friends living on the other side of the Pacific Ocean, it’s why celebrations of the Chinese New Year are so important.
Celebrating New Beginnings
We might live in Canada, but it’s the celebration of cultures from far and wide that make our country special, and for the team at Harbour Air, Chinese New Year is an event that we’re excited to embrace.
It’s a beautiful time of year with daffodils already making a comeback and business fronts exploding with colourful lanterns. Our passengers checking in at Coal Harbour terminal in Vancouver will be pleased to see an assortment of coconut buns and a special tea during the 15 day celebration.
Whether you’re visiting family or finding some downtime during the waning winter months (even though we haven’t been dealt much of a winter at all), the Chinese New Year represents a new beginning at the end of another wet and windy lower mainland winter.
Year of the Monkey
According to Chinese Fortune Character, 2016 is the 4713th Chinese year, and is represented by the Red Monkey. The monkey is the 9th in the 12 symbol Chinese zodiac calendar. If you were born in 1956, 1968, 1980 or 1992, then good news, you’re represented by the monkey.
What does this mean?
The monkey is usually aligned with intelligence and cleverness. If this is your year, then remain true to your mind and your smarts. The monkey’s strengths are enthusiasm, confidence, and sociability. Everyone likes being around the monkey; their lives are richer for it. So if you have any parties or get-togethers planned, you’re sure to be a hit!
However, watch out for tendencies of jealousy and suspicion. The monkey can be considered arrogant if he or she isn’t careful, so be sure to keep those traits in check this year.
Lucky numbers: 1,7,8
Lucky colours: white, gold, blue
Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
Lucky directions: north, northwest, west (good news for the lower mainland!)
Gung Hay Fat Choy
The Chinese New Year marks the transition from winter to spring. It’s a special time in the lower mainland and, truly, for people all over the world.
From all of us here at Harbour Air, may the New Year bring fortune and prosperity to you and your family.
Gung Hay Fat Choy!