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Chinese New Year 2016: Red Fire Monkey

Lantern from Hoi AnThe 2016 Chinese New Year Day is on February 8, 2016. This day is a new moon day, and is the first day of the first Chinese lunar month in the Chinese Lunar Calendar system. The exact new moon time is at 22:40 p.m. on 8-Feb-2016 in China's time zone.*

Almost 20% of the world population will celebrate the Chinese New Year and we are part of this celebration. The team at Sampan would like to wish all our beautiful craftsmen and producers in Vietnam and China a Very Happy New Year. Thank you for your support and producing the most wonderful handicrafts for us and for our Our Silk and Bamboo Lanterns have been well received by our retail and corporate clients for their homes and events leading up to the New Year.Large Lantern copy For Sampan,  2016 is the year of 'Action' and we will be launching our new and unique website based service purely focused on enabling our Artisans to sell their craft to the world not just Australia. We will keep you all posted.

*Insight: 2016 is year of the Red Monkey . The Chinese name of 2016 in the Chinese Horoscope calendar is Male Fire Monkey.Chinese apply Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth) into the Chinese calendar.  Male Fire is in the Fire group. The colour of Fire is connected to Red. Monkey is the calendar character corresponding to Monkey. Therefore, 2016 is the Red Fire Monkey year (courtesy: