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Fun Facts about Chinese New Year 2019: Year of the Pig

05 Feb 2019

Lunar New Year 2019 is the Year of the Pig, the 12th sign of the Chinese zodiac. Lore says the pig comes in last of all 12 Chinese zodiac signs because he was the last one to arrive to a long-ago party. Some say he was late because he overslept, while others say his delay was due to a wolf blowing down his house. Whatever the case, he finally arrived. Check out some fun facts about the Year of the Pig, which starts when Chinese New Year 2019 kicks off on 5 February.

What does Year of the Pig symbolise?

With their large ears and plump faces, pigs are signs of wealth and fortune in Chinese culture.

Is Year of the Pig the same of Year of the Golden Pig?

No. The Year of the Pig happens every 12 years, but the Year of the Golden Pig only happens every 600 years. While every Year of the Pig brings good fortune and wealth, those born during the Year of the Golden Pig are expected to be set for life. The last Year of the Golden Pig was in 2007.

What characteristics are associated with the pig zodiac sign?

Those born under the sign of the pig are apt to be enthusiastic, energetic and realistic. They don’t waste money, but they do let themselves enjoy life.

What are the lucky colours for Lunar New Year 2019?

Colours associated with fire and metal are lucky for 2019. Fire colours are red, orange and pink. Metal colours are white and gold.

What does a Lion Dance have to do with Year of the Pig?

Traditional lion dances are traditionally held every Lunar New Year, regardless of the year’s zodiac sign. Lions symbolise wisdom and power, and the dances bring good luck and fortune for the upcoming year. See one in action at MacArthur Central at 11:30 a.m. on 5 February.

What do cherry blossoms mean for Chinese New Year?

Cherry blossoms symbolise the promise of springtime and new life. A cherry blossom tree will be on display on the ground floor of MacArthur Central for the week of 4 to 8 February. Spend $20 at the centre, and you get to pick one of the tree’s lucky red envelopes that contains a prize. On top of selecting a red envelope, customers can opt to put details into an online form with the winner being drawn on the 12th and announced via email and posted to the website.

Now that you've picked up a few fun facts, swing by MacArthur Central to experience two Lunar New Year traditions for yourself.