China Celebrates the Year of the Pig!

by Joe

In Ancient, pre-Christian times, life was challenging and unpredictable.  Many early societies attempted to create a sense of order in a world that mostly felt uncontrollable.  Looking around their environment, they thought they saw order and causality coming from things such as the location of certain constellations in the night sky.

Of course, educated and enlightened people no longer hold to these beliefs.  Instead, we seek understanding in our relationships with God and through a better understanding of the hard and soft sciences, for instance physics and psychology. 

As we all know, the New Year was celebrated in China on February 5 at which time the Chinese ushered in the year of  The Pig.   We thought it would be fun to learn a little about how the calendar is arranged in Chinese culture and we offer you this blog.


According to legend, the Jade Emperor invited all twelve zodiac animals to a party he was throwing.  The emperor was about to assign each animal to its respective position in the twelve-year zodiac cycle depending on each animal’s order of arrival.  Being last (twelfth) to arrive because he overslept, The Pig was assigned the final position.   The Chinese calendar actually revolves around a 60 year cycle, with each animal appearing once in each of five different cycles that are tied to natural elements, wood, fire, earth, metal and water.  Chinese people who are born under any of the twelve zodiac/elemental combinations are thought to have certain personality traits.  The year of one’s zodiac sign is thought to bring a lot of bad luck.  The best that someone can hope for during their zodiac year is to ‘stick it out’.

Personality and characteristics

In Chinese culture, pigs are perceived as having beautiful personalities, blessed with good luck and are symbols of wealth.

Other associations with the zodiac pig:

·         Association with the earth element, di zhi (地支) hài ()

·         The hours between 9 and 11 pm

·         Yin (in terms of yin and yang)  

Pigs are known to be very group oriented, realistic, and thrifty.  They do, however, enjoy life and so pursue entertainment and treating themselves.  Their materialism is motivation to enthusiastically work.  Their success leads to occupying positions of power and status and once they have this, they have a right to speak their minds.


The Pig/ Earth combination:

Besides this current year, 2019, the most recent Pig/ Earth combination occurred in 1959.  People born in this phase of the sixty year cycle can be described as “…social butterflies with friends from all walks of life. They have a lot of support in both work and life. They have fortunate lives and can find happiness. They are successful later in life. However, they aren’t the most romantic people and might need to work on that.”  (

According to Chinese tradition, associations with people, numbers, minerals and other things can be either lucky or unlucky for people born in a particular zodiac year.  Here’s how it works out for people born in the year of the pig:

Most Compatibility

Least Compatibility

Things that are Lucky
for Pigs

Things that are Unlucky
for Pigs

People born under the following signs:




People born under the following signs:



Colors: yellow, gray, brown

Numbers: 2, 5, 8

Minerals: Agate

Months: April through July



How Can We Help?

Whether you have just started your new year this past month, or like most westerners, you began it on January 1, Word 4 Asia wishes you a happy new year!   We hope this is the beginning of a successful year for you.  If there are ways that we can help you pursue your goals in 2019, we’d be happy to talk more with you about them.  Feel free to reach us at


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