Welcoming 2019 ~ Year of the PigThe date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year, and is determined by the Lunar Calendar. It always falls between January 21 and February 20,
This year, Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5th and is the Year of the Pig. In preparation for the most important date of the year, Chinese people will clean their homes as a way to bid farewell to the old year, and to welcome the new year. This tradition is called "sweeping the dust". Shopping is also very popular, as new clothes should be worn and decorations and fireworks bought to celebrate the main event.
Chinese HoroscopeThere are 12 animal signs in the Chinese zodiac, each with its own unique personality traits and characteristics. Each person's animal sign is determined from the Year they were born, according to the Chinese Lunar calendar. Besides having personal characteristics determined by your animal sign, your Chinese zodiac can also help you to find compatible relationships based on attributes that can enhance or hinder your romantic, career or family life.
Click on the links below for a detailed description of your zodiac sign, as well as insights to the upcoming 2019 Year of the Pig. To determine your animal year, see the full list of animals with their corresponding birth years. If your birthday falls in January or February, you need to check your zodiac sign carefully as the Lunar New Year falls on a different date every year, somewhere between January 21st and February 20th.
Year of the Rat
2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960
Year of the Ox
2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Year of the Tiger
2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Year of the Rabbit
2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Year of the Dragon
2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964
Year of the Snake
2013, 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965
Year of the Horse
2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966
Year of the Sheep
2015, 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967
Year of the Monkey
2016, 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968
Year of the Rooster
2017, 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969
Year of the Dog
2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970
Year of the Pig
2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971
DecorationsMany people will decorate their homes before Chinese New Year Day, with items that are red and are symbols of luck, health, longevity, peace and prosperity. Red lanterns, couplets, and New Year's paintings are common decorations and some even help to ward off evil spirits. Typical New Year painting themes are of flowers, birds, golden roosters, oxen, ripe fruit and plump boys. Paintings of legends and historical stories showing desires bountiful harvests and a happy life are also very common.
New Year's FeastFood is a favourite to celebrate Chinese New Year with friends and family. People travel far and wide just to get together with their loved ones to enjoy a feast of delicious and symbolic foods for New Year's Eve.
Chinese Dumplings ~ wealth ~ the filling types will influence your luck for the year
Spring Rolls ~ wealth ~ looks like and represents gold bars
Glutinous Rice Cake ~ a higher income or position ~ literally sounds like it means "'getting higher year-on- by year"
Sweet Rice Balls ~ family togetherness
Good Fortune Fruit ~ fullness and wealth ~ tangerines and oranges specifically represent luck and success
For more information on food meanings and symbolism, click here for an article by China Highlights.
Giving Lucky Money
Click here for more on the Tradition of the Red Envelope