The Year of the Monkey begins on Feb. 8. As Asian American communities across California welcome the lunar new year, many turn to the centuries-old tradition of consulting the zodiac, a cycle featuring 12 animals that embody unique personality traits. As the folklore goes, certain animals are better suited for one another, while other pairings could lead to conflict. While you're at it, check out these photos from last year's celebration.
Sources: China Highlights, Los Angeles Chinatown Business Improvement District, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, sanfranciscochinatown.com