Pigging out in the new year

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Pigging out in the new year

Raven Ramirez, staff writer

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This year, 2019, is the year of the pig, according to the Chinese zodiac signs. The pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals, which makes it the last sign.

The pig is also associated with Earthly Branch in the Chinese culture. Animals that are compatible with the pig include rabbits, tigers, and goats. Pigs are least compatible with snakes and monkeys. Their lucky numbers are two, five, and eight. Their lucky colors are yellow, gray, and brown, and their lucky mineral is agate, which is a variety of quartz.

“The Year of the Pig is celebrated in China, like how Christmas and Thanksgiving are celebrated here,” said Fang Wu, a Mandarin teacher. In terms of yin and yang, the pig is yin and they are also the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are also signs of fortune. There is an animal for every year in Chinese culture. The recent years for the pig have been 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019. This concept also ties into the Chinese New Years.

“I know that Chinese New Year began on February fifth this year and lasted 15 days,” said Lauren Anderson, a sophomore.

There are many characteristics and personalities for people born in the years of the pig. They may not stand out in a crowd, but are very realistic. Pigs are the opposite of people that are all talk and no action, meaning, they act upon certain things. They are known to love entertainment, and will occasionally treat themselves.

People born in the year of the pig are a little bit materialistic, however that is the motivation for them to work harder, which causes them to be energetic and enthusiastic. They believe that  people who yearn for power and take charge have the right to speak.

“I know the New Years Chinese tradition, they gift each other the red packets every year,” said Jake Adams, a junior in Mandarin. According to a chinesenewyear.net, known for facts of the upcoming new years, there is a fortune for every year. This year’s fortune is, “These Pigs are 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.”

This fortune is also shares the fortune of the year 1959, which indicates the people who are born that year and this year have similar characteristics and ways. Every year there is a Chinese zodiac sign and an animal that corresponds with it.

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