While in many countries around the world people are preparing to celebrate the end of 2015 of the Gregorian calendar welcoming the beginning of the New Year, Chinese nationals will be waiting until February to celebrate the New Year which will begin on the 8th of that month. The Year of the Monkey is said to be an auspicious year for everyone born in the years 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004.
Preparations for the New Year have already started all around the world. The United States Postal Service will be issuing a special stamp for the occasion. The stamp, will picture peonies, the national flower of China, also a symbol of prosperity, beauty and peace, appropriate sentiments for the approach of a new year. A small gold monkey will also adorn the upper left corner of the stamp illustration.
The “Year of the Monkey forever” stamp to be issued in the United States in February 2016 – Retrieved from http://www.linns.com/en/news/stamp-news/2015/12/u-s–year-of-the-monkey-stamp-coming-feb–5.html
Bond University and the editors of the Confucian Weekly Bulletin would like to wish all readers a very happy 2016 while we are eagerly looking forward to the beginning of the Year of the Monkey with the following quote from Confucius:
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
– The Analects