Year of the Red Monkey

by Anne Ladouceur, 09/02/2016

This Lunar New Year Holiday (Seollal) marks the beginning of the Year of the Red Monkey. The monkey is the 9th animal of the 12 animals of the Korean ‘zodiac’  

The Red Monkey is also known as the Red Fire Monkey and the year 2016 is described as falling into the fire group of the five elements – earth, fire, metal, water and wood.  In Korean culture, monkeys have symbolised longevity, success, motherhood and protections from evil spirits.  The red face of the monkey is a frequent feature in traditional Korean mask dances.  On the negative side, monkeys have also been seen as being unlucky and bringers of sadness and upheaval.Years of the Monkey are reputedly periods of upheaval and change. 

People born in a Year of the Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1992 and 2004) are said to be talented, lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative, mischievous and positive as well as impatient, impetuous and snobbish. They are also believed to be good at numbers and are often successful in business.  Famous Koreans born in a Year of the Monkey include Samsung Electronics Vice Chair Lee Jae-yong, Sungjoo Group CEO Kim Sung-joo, Shinsegae Vice Chairman, Chung Yong-jin and Kako’s CEO Rim Ji-yoon.
People born in the Year of the Monkey are apparently most compatible with those born in the Years of the Mouse and Dragon and least with Tigers. 

Famous people born under the Monkey sign include Carl Bernstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Celine Dion, Elizabeth Taylor, Tom Hanks, Mick Jagger, Cuba Gooding Jr, Patricia Arquette, Miley Cyrus, Diana Ross, Conrad Black, Ban Ki-moon... Last, but not least, and while not as famous as the people listed above but very much more important to me, my daughter, Lee.

All of us at Korea4Expats wish all of our visitors, a prosperous, enjoyable and enlightening Year of the Red Monkey!!!!

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