lunarnewyearblog2The Year of The Pig Marks Good Fortune — February 20 ended the Chinese New Year. The Chinese lunar calendar was created thousands of years ago based on the moon cycles to know when to plant and gather harvests. The Lunar New Year commences the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice, from mid-January to late February. In 2019 the Chinese New Year began on February 5, marking the start of the Year of the Pig.

In Chinese culture pigs are the symbol of wealth. A pig’s physique, a chubby face and big ears, is a sign of fortune for those who follow zodiac signs. Those born in years of the pig are said to have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune.

We found the Year of Pig and its symbolic wealth relevant and fun, but also wanted to share the legend of how the Pig earned its place among the 12 zodiac animals.

The story goes that the Jade Emperor, the ruler of heaven, hosted a race for the animals on his birthday. There would be only 12 winners, and each would earn a spot on the first Chinese zodiac. The race was difficult because the animals had to cross a river with a fast, powerful current.

The rat climbed on top of the ox to cross the river and then cleverly hopped off just before the finish line to win first place. The other nine animals arrived soon after – tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster and dog. However, the pig, the twelfth and final winner, showed up waddling toward the end of the race. An exhausted “oink” escaped as the pig explained he’d grown hungry and sleepy, causing his delay.

We wish all of you good fortune, good luck, and much fun in this Year of the Pig.

Sources: Chinese New Year , David Yurman, Lunar New Year

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