The Chinese New Year officially hit calendars on Feb. 5, and 2019 brings us the Year of the Pig. The Pig is the 12th of the Chinese Zodiac animals, the others being Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster and Dog.
The website Chinesenewyear.net states that, “According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which (the animals) arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept.” Recent Years of the Pig are 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007.
The site describes several characteristics common for people born in the Year of the Pig.
“Though not wasteful spenders, they will let themselves enjoy life. They love entertainment and will occasionally treat themselves. They are energetic and are always enthusiastic, even for boring jobs.”
Men born in the Year of the Pig are often “optimistic and gentle,” and “once they decide on a goal, they’ll put everything into it.” Women born in the Year of the Pig are “full of excitement” and “attend social events whenever possible and treat everyone genuinely.”