I was disappointed when I discovered that the Chinese calendar does not have a bear in the rotation of twelve animals that mark its zodiac cycle. In Chinese tradition, each year is governed by one of 12 animals, and that creature’s attributes are said to characterize the year. Given the manner in which the presidential primaries have progressed in this election year, it may come as no surprise to learn that 2016 is officially the year of the monkey. Some who are of Chinese descent may have already taken note of this coincidence, but perhaps are too polite to bring it to the attention of the rest of us. It would probably be just as appropriate if this were the year of the rat (that’s coming in 2020) or the snake (three years ago, in 2013).
Could 2016 Be The Year Of The Bear?