The Year of the Pig - What to Expect Featured

Break out the red lanterns!

by Lavinia Pisani

February 5th marks the official start of the Chinese New Year, and out of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals used to represent each lunar calendar, the one for 2019 is the Yin Earth Pig. With their chubby face and big ears, pigs symbolize fortune and wealth in Chinese culture. 

Those who were born (after Feb. 4th) in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 are about to enter their zodiac year. It sounds ironic but instead of entering your lucky year, you will actually have to pay special attention and protect yourself from evil spirits and bad fortune - sorry!

Here’s what to do:

Wear something red everyday 

In Chinese culture, red stands for prosperity and courage. People entering their zodiac year have to wear a red-coloured item everyday until January 25th 2020 to better protect themselves. 

Think underwear, socks, scarf, sweater, accessories, red jades, even little amulets wrapped in red paper. No matter what you choose, make sure this was given to you by family or friends (if you buy it, it won’t work!). 

wear red chinese newyear

Other lucky symbols 

Beside “living coral” being nominated colour of the year, lucky colours will be yellow, grey and brown during the Yin Earth Pig. Lucky numbers are 2, 5, 8 and lucky directions are northeast and southeast.

Now you know how to protect yourself (or at least try to) from bad fortune. So let’s dig into an overview for all 12 zodiac animals (as sourced by ChineseNewYear and ChineseFortuneCalendar websites). 


Birth years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019

Qualities: “have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.”

What to expect: “Pig meets its gang with many similarities. They have the same target. But we don't know they are partners or competitors. Carefully dealing with people relationship and diligently managing your money investment is the top priority.”

pig chinese newyear


Birth years: 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 

Qualities: “clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life.”

What to expect: “Pig brings you good people and love relationships. The career luck is fair. You might have more monthly expenses than before. You cannot save too much money. Fire gives you better money luck. Sunshine brings you good health.”

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Birth years: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021

Qualities: “hard workers in the background, intelligent and reliable, but never demanding praise.”

What to expect: “A great year for Ox and a perfect year for new prospects to make money or change career.”

ox chinese newyear


Birth years: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

Qualities: “courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life.”

What to expect: “Pig brings you lots of caring and love. Pig's presence delays your work schedule. Enjoying sunshine can bring you positive energy and good fortune.”

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Birth years: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023

Qualities: “are earnest with everything they do; they just ask that others treat them the same way.”

What to expect: “Pig brings you a leisure lifestyle. To see great achievement, you need independence, self-improvement, self-confidence and your own network relationship.”

rabbit chinese newyear


Birth years: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024

Qualities: “are strong and independent figures, but they yearn for support and love.”

What to expect: “money-making opportunities keep coming. You need to carefully invest your money. Don't make risky investment; avoid money dispute and infamous reputation.”


Birth years: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025

Qualities: “have a deep and complex mind, but if they love, they love with their entire heart.”

What to expect: “when Snake meets Pig, something might not go your way. You need to use your wisdom to find the solution or ask help from people born in Horse year.”

snake chinese newyear


Birth years: 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026

Qualities: “free spirits who need space to be themselves.”

What to expect: “Pig brings you good people and love relationship. Diligence and hardworking can ride on the crest of success. You will have a prosperous year.”

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Birth years: 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027

Qualities: “loving and selfless, always thinking for others, even if it works against their own interest.”

What to expect: “you have unlimited money-making opportunities. Career opportunity usually comes with or after good income. Don’t be too greedy for money, otherwise, lawsuit might come.”

goat chinese newyear


Birth years: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016,

Qualities: “lighthearted pranksters who have the ability to achieve all their dreams.”

What to expect: “when Monkey meets Pig, then you'd better keep a low profile with modest behavior and humble attitude. Financial investment should be conservative and prudent. Constantly learn lucrative skills and wait for next best opportunity.”

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Birth years: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017

Qualities: “complex people who seem strong but, deep down, need validation from loved ones.”

What to expect: “Pig tramples on the harvested fruits. To take care of business needs to make a quick decision. Doubt, uncertainty, sluggishness and slow response will cause money loss.”

rooster chinese newyear


Birth years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

Qualities: “honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner.”

What to expect: “Dog and Pig are the sign of river flowing along the mountain. This implies unlimited money opportunities. You have to find a way to keep it.”


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