Here’s how you can get ready for year of the pig and what to expect for the year ahead.
Firstly, I want to extend my best wishes and hopes for good health to all for the coming Chinese New Year for the year of the pig. We know not what lays ahead, but we can predict how the days can plan ahead reflecting on how the year of the pig works for you.
February 5th 2019 welcomes the Chinese New Year, the year of the Earth Pig. The Pig is the 12th animal of the Chinese Zodiac. Legend has it that Buddha decided to have a grand race, and all the animals were invited to compete. Only 12 animals showed up, and Pig was the last of the 12 animals.
Chinese New Year always falls on a New Moon. The celebrations begin on the night before (4th February) until the Lantern Festival which is 15 days after the New Moon. In China, Chinese New Year marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring.
People born in a Pig year are said to be honest, sensitive, honourable and trustworthy. Pig also can be judgmental, self-indulgent, gullible, impatient, or irritable.
Pig is associated with “Yin Water”. Water in Chinese Five Elements is associated with wisdom. People having the Pig in their Chinese astrology are said to have a depth of wisdom, are open to different viewpoints, and are adaptable.
The Pig also is known to have good memory, and great knowledge. Therefore, the Pig is greatly respected and considered lucky.
How To Celebrate 2019 Pig Chinese New Year:
It is really important to mark the end of a cycle and the beginning of another. Chinese people do this in the following way:-
- Clean your house from top to bottom – do all the needed repairs to the house, and make sure that every nook and cranny is spotless
- Settle all old debts – it is important to put your best foot forward in the New Year, so clean the slate and begin afresh.
- Prepare a celebratory reunion dinner on New Years Eve – Generally this is a multigenerational gathering, but is meant to shower loved ones with love, wealth and success.
- On New Years Day Emerge on New Years Day with new clothes to match! No work is meant to be done on this day, and absolutely no cleaning is allowed.
- Do not cut your hair on this day as it symbolises getting rid of good luck. Give red envelopes, eat leftovers, greet neighbours with messages of good luck and remember that New Year’s Day sets the tone for the rest of the year.