Pig, although the last of the twelve Animal Years of the Chinese zodiac, is often a symbol of good luck. This is because in the past, people considered the pig, with its fat head and big ears, to exemplify abundance. Plump and rotund, the pig has a simple and honest appearance. The Chinese folk saying “A fat pig at the door” equates the pig with the arrival of good luck and happiness. Interestingly, the Chinese character “家” jia (home) is made up of the components “宀” (roof) and “豕 ” (pig), indicating that in ancient times, a house was not considered a home without a pig in it. A pig is slaughtered as soon as it is fattened up. This gave rise to the saying “People fear getting famous, pigs fear getting fat,” indicating that fame and success can bring more trouble than they’re worth.

China’s most famous pig is Zhu Bajie, a supernatural character in the classical novel Journey to the West. Zhu Bajie, along with the monkey spirit Sun Wukong and their other companions, is a member of the company that escorts the monk Tang Seng on his journey to India to retrieve the Buddhist scriptures. Although he appears to be gluttonous, lazy, and lecherous, in reality Zhu Bajie is extremely kindhearted and honest, and is greatly loved by the Chinese people.


People born in the Year of the Pig are optimists by nature. They have good luck with money, and can make a living relatively effortlessly. People born in the Year of the Pig are honest and upright. They are extremely generous with their friends, and don’t haggle over pennies. Women born in the Year of the Pig are ideal domestic partners, and are very good at managing their households. Pig corresponds to Pisces in the Western zodiac.

People born in the Year of the Pig are very kindhearted, but due to their overly trusting nature they can easily be deceived. They love ease and pleasure, and can be lazy and unmotivated.

People whose birthdays fall during the following periods are born in the Year of the Pig:


The first date indicates Lunar New Year’s Day. The second date indicates the last day of the lunar year.

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