People around the world have begun celebrating the Lunar New Year and the beginning of the Year of the Pig. But why is it called the lunar year?
The lunar calendar, also known as the Spring Festival is based on the cycles of the moon, so the date of the Chinese New Year and its festival changes every year. Usually, it falls during the second new moon after the winter solstice.
Though it falls on February 5 this year, the first day of the lunar new year can be anywhere from January 21 to February 19. Each annual celebration is marked by a different animal in the Zodiac calendar.
Last year was the year of the Dog, and this year, we'll welcome the year of the Pig.
In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth and treasure, because of their importance within an agrarian society.
Those born during the year of the Pig (which includes 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019) are considered to be realistic, generous, philanthropic, disciplined and hard-working.
They are also energetic and enthusiastic, even for boring jobs. If given the chance, they will take positions of power and status.
- Colors: yellow, gray, brown
- Numbers: 2, 5, 8
- Mineral: agate