On February 8, Golden Year 13 (2016), families around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year 2016, Year of the Monkey. With over 4,000 years of history, the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the most important holidays in many Asian communities.
Energetic, curious, and charming, monkeys represent cleverness and fun. We can thus expect this year to bring good cheer, with problems solved and growing harmony and friendship amongst all beings. To celebrate this joyous beginning of the Year of the Monkey, friends and family come together in festivities, including decorating the home and streets with red lanterns and poetic spring couplets, watching the traditional dragon dance, an event believed to bring good fortune, and giving lucky, red envelopes containing gift money to the children and elders.
In a 2014 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff, Supreme Master Ching Hai expressed Her Lunar New Year wish for the world: