The Chinese New Year is by far the Chinese’s most important and biggest holiday. It falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice, which takes place some time between 21 January and 19 February. The difference is because the months in the Chinese calendar are not as long as those in our Gregorian calendar.

Year of the Monkey


This year is the Year of the Monkey, which started on 8 February 2016 and ends on 27 January 2017, when we enter the Year of the Rooster.

The Chinese New Year is a real family celebration in China. Everyone makes a special effort to go home to their parents and family to be with their nearest and dearest.

This means that many of our suppliers close down their businesses, either fully or partly, for up to a month around New Year, which next time will be on 28 January 2017.

The monkey is the ninth animal if the twelve zodiac animals in Chinese astrology. The monkey is considered the most versatile sign in the Chinese zodiac. People born in the Year of the Monkey are seen as inventors, entertainers, the creative geniuses behind everything innovative, and mischiefs. They are thought to have naturally fast comprehension, which means that they can understand what is going on around them and remember it. They succeed for the most part thanks to their versatility and flexible capacity for thinking. They are considered reliable and honest and people you can trust your secrets with. They are good at problem-solving and know how to listen carefully and think through solutions at the same time.

Even though they are reliable and would never wittingly do any harm, they will never let anyone who has done them or their reputation harm get away with it. Their stamina and ability to achieve their goals makes these people appear vain or manipulative. People born under this sign should take care not to harm their friendships.  It is important for them to realise sometimes that it is wiser to let some things go.

They have flexible principles and self-confidence, so they are happy, but they often manage to make a mess of things for others. If a project goes wrong, they seldom help make things right again. However, thanks to their charm, they can also get others to believe that just knowing them is a privilege.”

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