The Year of the Monkey 4" Tile. The Chinese lunar calendar is over 5000 years old. it is based upon the rise of the new moon. Each year in the 12-year cycle is named after a different animal. The Chinese believe a person's character is influenced by the animal which was ruling the year they were born. The year of the Monkey correlates with birth years 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, and 2028. They are most compatible with the Dragon & Rat; they are known to be Clever, Playful & Influential. These tiles are hand-painted in our Hanapepe gallery so images may vary slightly to pictures shown. Hang or use as a trivet.