Chinese New Year 2019: What Does It Mean to Be Born in the Year of the Pig?
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Chinese astrology is quite different from the western one we are accustomed to. Instead of following the 12-month zodiac cycle of western astrology, the Chinese follow the 12-year cycle. But the two are similar because they both use symbols to communicate ideas. Chinese symbols are based on 12 animals – Zi Rat, Chou Ox, Yin Tiger, Mao Rabbit, Chen Dragon, Si Snake, Wu Horse, Wei Sheep, Shen Monkey, You Rooster, Xu Dog and Hai Pig. According to Chinese myths, the Jade Emperor, ruler of the earth and heavens, chose the animals of the zodiac. The pig arrived last who thus became the last animal of the 12-year zodiac. According to the Chinese New Year, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Chinese New Year 2019 Date: Which Animal Is It This Year? What Is Your Chinese Zodiac Animal?

What Is Meant by ‘The Year of The Pig?’

In western astrology, people born under the same zodiac exhibit similar qualities. In contrast, people who are born under the same animal year of the Chinese zodiac share similar traits. People born in the years 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 and 2031 fall under the Year of the Pig.

The Qualities of People Born In The Year of The Pig

These people have qualities associated with the pig such as loyalty, diligence, generosity, chivalry, optimism and honestly.

  • They are calm in the face of trouble and have a great sense of responsibility.
  • They are selfless and are known to prioritise family and friends before themselves.
  • They make great friends but can be too trusting and naïve at times.
  • They can also be reckless and a handful to handle.

Types of Pigs

There are five types of pigs – wood pig, fire pig, earth pig, gold pig and water pig – according to the Chinese astrology associated with five elements: gold (metal), wood, water, fire and earth. Each comes after a period of 12 years.

Relationship with Other Signs

People born under the year of the pig are compatible with others born under the same sign. They also get along well with people born in the years of the rabbit and goat.