2019, Year of the Pig
As you may know, there are 12 Chinese zodiac animals used to represent years. 2019 is the year of the Pig and as you may have guessed, zodiac signs play an essential role in Chinese culture, which is often used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby, and a lot more. And so, if this is your year, it’s time to celebrate. (Related topic: event spaces)
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The zodiac system has existed for over 2,000 years, and it became integrated into everyday life, with different meanings and characteristics assigned to each animal, which promoted the rise to various compatibilities (and incompatibilities) between each zodiac, playing a major role in marriage and career decisions, fortune-telling and other aspects of life.
The zodiac cycle repeats every 12 years, and to figure out your zodiac animal, all you have to do is check the following table.
ZODIAC ANIMAL CHARACTER RECENT YEARS
Rat 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Ox 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Tiger 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbit 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Dragon 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snake 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Horse 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Goat 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Monkey 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Rooster 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dog 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Pig 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
If you think your zodiac year will be lucky, you’re wrong. In fact, it’s seen as a challenge you have to overcome and to protect yourself from evil and bad fortune, you’ll have to wear red underwear every day for the entire year. In some places, married men even have to be accompanied by their wives when they go out at night during their year.
Legend says that the Jade Emperor had to choose 12 animals as palace guards and the Cat asked his neighbor Rat to help him sign up but Rat forgot, which is why they became mortal enemies. Once at the palace, the Ox was first in line, but the Rat secretly climbed onto Ox’s back and jumped in front of him. The Tiger and the Dragon thought it was unfair, but they could only settle behind the Ox. The Rabbit found it unfair too and since he wanted to race with Dragon, he challenged him and succeeded.
The angered Dog bit the Rabbit in a fit and was sent to the back as punishment. The Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey and the Rooster fought amongst themselves as well. Later the Pig came and after everything was finally settled, he had to be the last.
However, behind the legends about animals are other elements, and the Chinese astrologers used the animals as mnemonics and categorized as either yīn (阴) or yáng (阳) for the Earthly Branches, an original term used for the years that were also assigned to the hours of the day, based on solar time.
Now that you know the story a little better, you’re ready to start planning the celebration.