Are You Born in the Year of the Pig?
The Chinese New Year Calendar
Chinese New Year is not the same as the New Year the rest of the western world celebrates. This is because the Chinese use the lunar calendar – so New Year depends on the cycle of the moon and falls on a totally different day each year .
New Year is a special time in China. It is a time when the festive spirit is high and there are all kinds of celebrations going on. As has been the ancient tradition, the years are represented by animal signs associated with the change of time. There are twelve animals that repeat every twelve years and 2019 represents the twelfth animal of the Chinese zodiac.
5 February 2019 – 24 January 2020
The year 2019 is represented by the twelfth animal of the Chinese Zodiac, the pig. For some a pig may represent laziness, dirtiness and stupidity, however in Chinese culture the pig can represent luck, good fortune, honesty, hard-work, prosperity and understanding.
According to legend the pig is the twelfth of the zodiac animals because he was the last to arrive at a party thrown by the Jade Emperor to decide the order of the zodiac. Some say it was because the pig was distracted by food, ate too much and then overslept; another story goes that the pig's home was destroyed by a wolf and he could not set off before he rebuilt.
Born in the year of the Earth Pig: Good at socialising and being the peacekeeper; they are chivalrous and gallant, as well as sensible and realistic.
YEARS OF THE PIG
1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043
Strengths: Compassionate, generous, kind-hearted, tolerant, optimistic
Weaknesses: Dependent, quick-tempered, naïve, impulsive
Good match: Goat, Tiger, Rabbit
Bad match: Monkey, Snake
Lucky colours: Yellow, grey, brown
Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8
People born in the year of the pig: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elton John, The Dalai Lama, Wolfgang Mozart, Hilary Clinton, Amy Winehouse, Stephen King, Julie Andrews