Year of the Monkey

Monkey - Chinese Zodiac Signs

The Monkey is the ninth of 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. Monkey years include: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, and 2028.

Monkey Years

In China, people born in a year of the Monkey are called "Monkeys". Usually, if you were born in a year matching the corresponding 12-year cycle, such as 1980, you're a Monkey. (Handy hint: AD Monkey years are multiples of 12: think “12 Monkeys”.)

Zodiac years, however, are generally dated by the Chinese lunar calendar (starting at Chinese New Year). Therefore, if you were born in January or February, check below to see whether you're really a Monkey.

Monkey Year When
1932 February 6, 1932 – January 25, 1933
1944 January 24, 1944 – February 12, 1945
1956 February 12, 1956 – January 30, 1957
1968 January 30, 1968 – February 16, 1969
1980 February 16, 1980 – February 4, 1981
1992 February 4, 1992 – January 22, 1993
2004 January 22, 2004 – February 8, 2005
2016 February 8, 2016 – January 27, 2017
2028 January 26, 2028 – February 12, 2029

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Monkey

The Information for the Chinese Zodiac Monkey

Things that will bring Monkeys luck:

  • Lucky numbers: 4 and 9
  • Lucky days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Lucky colors: white, blue, gold
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, crape myrtle
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west
  • Lucky months: the 8th and 12th Chinese lunar months

Things that Monkeys should avoid:

  • Unlucky numbers: 2 and 7
  • Unlucky colors: red, pink
  • Unlucky directions: south, southeast
  • Unlucky months: the 7th and 11th Chinese lunar months

The Monkey's Personality: Sharp, Smart...

People born in a year of the Monkey have magnetic personalities and are witty and intelligent. 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. Although they don't have bad intentions, their pranks sometimes hurt other people's feelings.

Monkeys are fast learners and crafty opportunists. They have many interests and need partners who are capable of stimulating them. While some like the eccentric nature of Monkeys, others don't trust their sly, restless, and inquisitive nature.

Although they are clever and creative, Monkeys can't always exhibit their talents properly. They like to accept challenges and prefer urban life to rural life.

Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water Monkeys

In Chinese astrology, each year is associated with a Chinese zodiac animal sign and one of the Five Elements: Fire, Wood, Water, Gold (Metal), or Earth. Both the sign and the element of your birth year are said to affect your personality and destiny. Element-sign combinations recur every 60 years:

The Five Monkeys Character
Fire Monkey Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable
Wood Monkey Always ready to help others; compassionate, with strong self-esteem, but stubborn
Water Monkey Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight, but haughty
Gold Monkey Smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn
Earth Monkey Frank, optimistic, and fearless

Famous Monkeys

Famous Monkey Birth Date Element
Leonardo da Vinci 15 April 1452 a Water Monkey
Tom Hanks July 9, 1956 a Fire Monkey
Kylie Minogue 28 May, 1968 an Earth Monkey
Will Smith September 15, 1968 an Earth Monkey
Justin Timberlake January 31, 1981 a Gold Monkey

Best-Suited Careers for Monkeys


Monkeys work very hard in their careers. They can adapt well to different working environments.

Good career choices for Monkeys are: accounting and banking, science, engineering, stock market trading, air traffic control, film directing, jewelry, and sales.

How to Build Relationships with Monkeys

Monkeys are not very quick to settle down into relationships, as they tend to be promiscuous and easily bored. Once Monkeys find the perfect partner, however, they commit to him/her in every possible way. Since Monkeys are sociable and love to talk, it's easy to relate to them.

Love Compatibility: Is She/He Compatible with You?

Love compatibility within the Chinese zodiac takes into account the unique characteristics of each animal. Only those whose characteristics match each other well can be good partners. See below the compatibility of the Monkey with other animals.

  • Best with: Ox or Rabbit
  • Worst with: Tiger or Pig

monkey's love compatibility

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How Monkeys Should Keep Healthy


Usually Monkeys are very healthy, partly due to their active lifestyles, and their drive to experience different flavors of life. If they do experience illness, it is usually of the nervous or circulatory system.

People born in a year of the Monkey often spend more time at work than average. To save energy, Monkeys need to remember to take breaks during their busy schedules.

Since Monkeys usually do more outdoor activities, they should pay special attention to safety; also while traveling or driving.

Monkeys’ Horoscope for 2019

Those who were born in a year of the Monkey have good luck in 2019, especially in terms of development and wealth. On the health front, Monkeys need to pay more attention to their physical condition.

Monkey's Horoscope in 2019

Career Prospects in 2019


Monkeys will be lucky in their careers. There will be many chances for Monkeys to achieve their goals. As long as they are careful and work hard, everything will go well for them.

Health in 2019

Monkeys’ health prospects are average in 2019. They are advised to maintain an exercise routine and have routine medical checkups.

Finances in 2019


In 2019, Monkeys will have good luck with money. Their salaries or benefits will improve. Monkeys will do well in their investments and be well rewarded.

Love in 2019

2019 will be a lucky year for Monkeys in their relationships. They will easily meet attractive partners this year.

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