Kuala Lumpur 1 February 2016, A worker makes a final check on lanterns for Chinese New Year celebrations which will be celebrated on 8 February 2015 at Thean Hou Tample in Kuala Lumpur and marks the start of the Year of the Monkey, according to the Chinese Zodiac. The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart person. During the Spring and Autumn Period (770 – 476 BC), the dignified Chinese official title of marquis was pronounced ‘Hou’, the same as the pronunciation of ‘monkey’ in Chinese. The animal was thereby bestowed with an auspicious meaning. Asyraf Rasid / The Sun.