Monkey Zodiac Chinese Sign 2021

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.

Zodiac 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).


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

  • Numbers: 4 and 9
  • Days: the 14th and 28th of any Chinese lunar calendar month
  • Colours:white, blue, gold
  • Flowers: chrysanthemum, crape myrtle
  • Directions: north, northwest, west
  • Months: the 8th and 12th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Things for Monkeys:

  • Numbers: 2 and 7
  • Colours: red, pink
  • Directions: south, southeast
  • 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 MonkeysYear of BirthCharacter
Fire Monkey2016, 1956Ambitious and adventurous, but irritable
Wood Monkey2004, 1944Always ready to help others; compassionate, with strong self-esteem, but stubborn
Water Monkey1992, 1932Smart, quick-witted, fond of being in the limelight, but haughty
Gold Monkey1980, 2040Smart, quick-witted, and confident, but also irritable and stubborn
Earth Monkey1968, 2028Frank, optimistic, and fearless


Chinese Zodiac Love Compatibility

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
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, jewellery, 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.

Monkeys’ Horoscope for 2021

Monkeys (people born in a Chinese zodiac Monkey year) will have great luck in their careers in the first half of 2021, and there will be opportunities to get rich. 2021 will be a year of harvest.

Learn more about Monkey’s Monthly Forecast in 2021.

Famous Monkeys
Famous MonkeyBirth DateElement
Leonardo da Vinci15 April 1452a Water Monkey
Tom HanksJuly 9, 1956a Fire Monkey
Kylie MinogueMay 28, 1968an Earth Monkey
Will SmithSeptember 15, 1968an Earth Monkey
Justin TimberlakeJanuary 31, 1981a Gold Monkey