There are 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac and the Monkey is the 9th animal. Every 12 years it’s the year of the monkey.
There are also 5 elemental signs given to each year. They are Gold (Metal), Water, Wood, Fire, or Earth. This is the year of Fire. The color of "Fire" is Red. So it’s the year of the Red Monkey – or the Red Monkey Year.
The Chinese New Year is celebrated in Japan, Korea and Vietnam too. The zodiac is also used by those cultures. Though in some cases the animals are slightly different.
Happy Year of the Red Monkey!
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