Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the Year of the Pig!

Happy New Year to everyone! Chinese New Year that is!!

Today is the official start of the Chinese New Year! The Chinese New year coincides with the lunar calendar which is why this particular new year does not start in January like the Gregorian calendar. Instead, the lunar calendar starts with the new moon (sometime between the end of January and February). This year, that start date is February 5!

Why is 2019 represented by a Pig?

An interesting part of the Chinese New Year is it’s association with an animal! There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals that are part of the chinese zodiac calendar. Each year one of the 12 zodiac animals represents the calendar. After 12 years, the cycle repeats itself. The animals that represent each of the 12 years, in order of appearance, are: the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the goat, the monkey, the rooster, the dog, and the pig. This year, the animal representing the chinese zodiac calendar is a pig, making 2019 the Year of the Pig!

To find out what your chinese zodiac year is, find your year of birth on the calendar below. It is interesting to note that it is believed that when your zodiac sign that you were born under comes back around (for example, if you were born in the year of the pig and it is currently the year of the pig), it is believed that you will have bad luck during that year. People whose zodiac year it is are therefore cautioned to be extra vigilant of bad luck.

 AnimalYear
Rat 1900, 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Ox1901, 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Tiger1902, 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbit1903, 1915, 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Dragon1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snake1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Horse1906, 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Goat1907, 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Monkey1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Rooster1909, 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dog1910, 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Pig1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007,2019, 2031
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