Year of the Monkey

Chinese Zodiac: year of the monkey

Recent years of the Monkey: 2018, 2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956.

The Monkey is the ninth of 12 animals in the recurring 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. A Monkey year occurs every 12 years.

You will get the following information on this page:

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 Type of Monkey
1932 February 6, 1932 – January 25, 1933 Water Monkey
1944 January 24, 1944 – February 12, 1945 Wood Monkey
1956 February 12, 1956 – January 30, 1957 Fire Monkey
1968 January 30, 1968 – February 16, 1969 Earth Monkey
1980 February 16, 1980 – February 4, 1981 Gold Monkey
1992 February 4, 1992 – January 22, 1993 Water Monkey
2004 January 22, 2004 – February 8, 2005 Wood Monkey
2016 February 8, 2016 – January 27, 2017 Fire Monkey
2028 January 26, 2028 – February 12, 2029 Earth Monkey

Monkey's Personality: Monkeys are sharp, smart, but naughty.

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.

Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Monkey

The Information for the Chinese Zodiac Monkey

Lucky Things for Monkeys:

  • 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

Unlucky Things for Monkeys:

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

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 Year of Birth Character
Fire Monkey 2016, 1956 Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable
Wood Monkey 2004, 1944 Always ready to help others; compassionate, with strong self-esteem, but stubborn
Water Monkey 1992, 1932 Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight, but haughty
Gold Monkey 1980, 2040 Smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn
Earth Monkey 1968, 2028 Frank, optimistic, and fearless

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

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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.

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 2020

Zodiac Monkey's Prediction 2020

The year 2020 for Monkeys will be a year full of twists and turns, but they shouldn't be too worried. After making it through these trials they will become mature. Those born in a Monkey year should remember that persistence is what will matter most. Giving up easily will only bring trouble to their lives.

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

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