TODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY! It is my favorite time of the year! I’ve been waiting for it just like a little girl waiting for Christmas coming.
This year is very special for me and my family. Why? If you heard of the Chinese Zodiac (Sheng Xiao), you would probably know that 2016 is the Monkey year! The Chinese Zodiac cycle is 12 years and each year is represented by 12 different animals. Coincidently, me and my entire family were all born in the monkey years. We often joke around and refer ourselves as monkey family. Remember my post The Monkey King In The Banana Forest?
Today I am turning 24 years old. I am entering my year of fate. (We call it Ben Ming Nian in China, since it is the year of monkey) The most important tradition in Ben Ming Nian is to wear something red. It could be red shirt, red belt, red socks etc. It symbolizes luck and wealth.
Happy birthday, Yan Yan!
Photo by Jodi Jones