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The Year of the Pig - so what does it mean?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018

The New Year is around the corner, meaning resolutions for 2019 are at hand. Right now, it is probably a great time to think about what you want to accomplish in 2019.

Considering that the year of 2019 is the Year of the Pig, a year of opportunities and prosperity, planning ahead is a good idea.

The Pig is the last animal of the Vietnamese Twelve Zodiac signs after the Dog. As it is the ending of the cycle, the Year of the Pig always brings people hope, joy, and harvest. Starting from Feb. 5, 2019, and lasting to Jan. 24, 2020, the upcoming year is the Year of Earth Pig (Earth is one of the Five Elements in Wu Xing).

Any babies born during this period are considered to be baby pigs. Also, if your birthday was in one of the years 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, or 2007, instead of being considered a baby pig any more, you are now a full-grown pig, a “Pig Native” as we say.

Just like the Western Twelve Zodiac signs, each Eastern Animal Zodiac sign gives insight into one’s personality, traits, and future unique to their birth year. Traits of a typical pig native include being hardworking, simple, and honest. They are not adventuresome or confrontational.

Chief among the traits of a pig native is their need to pursue a steady life, for they are the true realists.

In Chinese mythology, on the day of the selection of the Twelve Zodiac animals, the pig got up in the middle of the night because it knew that the first twelve animals that arrived at the Southern Gate would be chosen. However, due to the long distance and many obstacles, only eleven animals made it to the gate of heaven before time ran out.

The pig and other animals finally arrived at the gate but too late. The pig had felt hungry in the middle of the race, so it stopped, ate something and then fell asleep. The Jade Emperor made an exception to the rule that it was necessary for the candidates to arrive at the Southern Gate on time and decided to let the first eleven animals that arrived select an animal as the last zodiac animal. Because the dog, the sheep, the horse, the rooster, the ox, and the pig had been close companions of humans as “the Six Animals” for thousands of years, they knew that the pig was a good fit for this final position. They voted for it, and that’s how the pig became the twelfth and last member of the Chinese Zodiac.

In 2019, pig natives are promised to receive additional help from their friends and family in all aspects of life and even reconnect with some old allies.