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Chinese New Year 2019

Year of the Pig in the Chinese zodiac

A guide to its significance and celebrations

On 5th February 2019 Chinese people from all over the globe are ringing in the lunar New Year, which will be the Year of the Pig. What will this signify for the year ahead and how will the Chinese people celebrate the lunar New Year? Here is a quick guide from our London-based China expert, Dr Hua Ying .

If you were born in years such as 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 and so on, then this is your year. In the Chinese zodiac cycle (which includes rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig), the pig comes last. After the pig, we start a new cycle all over again.

Perhaps because of a desire to round off the cycle nicely, and also because of the rounded image of the pig, people tend to associate the Year of the Pig with good luck, fulfilment and prosperity. The animal represents hard work, a down-to-earth spirit and perseverance, but can be stubborn at times.

It’s also believed that the people born in the Year of the Pig are strong but gentle as well; they can do very well financially through hard work and enjoy luxuries in life.

Pigs are sociable creatures; they have good intuitions but can struggle slightly when it comes to creativity. They have a strong sense of the responsibility but should watch out for injuries due to excessive energy.

That said, I do believe that people are masters of their own destinies, whatever sign they belong to, and I hope our “piggy” friends can play to their strengths and make 2019 a very successful year.

China's celebratory mood has been accompanied, among others, by issuing New Year stamps , and a special movie out centring around Peppa Pig, the main character of a BBC cartoon series, suggesting that when it comes to New Year celebrations, there doesn’t seem to be any cultural barrier.

London, which boasts of the largest New Year celebrations outside Asia, will hold festivities on 10 February 2019. There will be lion dances, parades, fireworks, performances in Trafalgar Square, and of course, lots of good food.

So here is wishing all my Chinese friends and others Xin Nian Kuai Le (a very Happy New Year), and Kung Hei Fat Choy (may you be prosperous)!

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