The word "monkey" (hóu 猴) was first written using a character meaning to wait, watch, observe (hòu). The ancients wrote that monkeys do not fall upon food the moment they see it, but first study the surrounding area carefully. Only when they have thoroughly examined the whole situation and judged the environment to be safe, do they reach for the food.
StampNews.com hurries to introduce to our readers' attention a special stamp issue by Slovenia Post that celebrates the Chinese Monkey year.
An alternative character for monkey was a character that also meant "marquis" (hóu 侯). This was the second of five noble ranks. The conferral of the rank of marquis was a lucky and important event, which consequently further enhanced the positive connotation of the word "monkey". People, in fact, began to connect it with success.
Later on, the radical (犭) was added to the character for monkey. This is a semantic component indicating a large animal. This character is still used today.
The monkey occupies the ninth position on the Chinese zodiac. People born under the sign of the Monkey are said to be clever, inventive all-rounders. Excellent powers of observation, said to be reflected in a successful career and wealth, are their trump card. Their characteristics mean that they are popular and at the centre of attention. The Chinese Year of the Fire Monkey that is celebrated with a new stamp by Slovenia Post begins on 8 February 2016.