Chinese New Year 2019 Year of the Pig [Greetings, Quotes, facts]

The Chinese New Year 2019, also called “Lunar New Year” or “Spring Festival”, is the most significant celebration in China. It is defined as the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar.

Chinese New Year 2019

Chinese New Year 2019 since ancient times is the main and longest holiday in the Middle Kingdom and other countries in East Asia. Unlike its Western counterpart, there is no fixed starting date for the Chinese New Year, and each year it is assigned at a different time.

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The first day of the holiday in China falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice (that is, after December 21). In the Gregorian calendar, this usually corresponds to one of the days between January 21 and February 21. The celebration usually lasts 15 days.

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Thus, the next year according to the Chinese calendar will come on February 5, 2019, and will last until January 24, 2020. And it is planned to celebrate its offensive in China from February 5 to 19. However, officially the Chinese will rest only seven days – from 4 to 10 February.

The exact time of the onset of the Chinese New Year 2019

The second new moon after the winter solstice will come on February 5, 2019, at 00:03 Moscow time or at 05:03 Beijing time. This time will be considered the beginning of the New Year according to the eastern calendar. By the way, in China, we will celebrate not 2019, as we will soon be doing, but 4717th.

Symbol of the Chinese New year 2019

Every year in China is symbolized by a combination that repeats only once every 60 years. This combination is one of the 12 zodiac animals of a certain color corresponding to one of the five elements (water, earth, metal, fire, and tree). Chinese New Year 2019 will symbolize the animal Pig and the elements Earth, and the main color of the year will be yellow.

By the way, every 60-year-old circle starts with a wooden Rat and ends with a water Pig. The next such round started on February 2, 1984, and it will end on January 29, 2044.

Chinese New Year 2019 Animals

Twelve animals were assigned to each of the 12 years, when, according to the legend, Buddha summoned all the animals in front of him before he left Earth.

Only twelve animals came to say goodbye. As a reward, he named a year with each one’s name in the order in which they arrived. First was the Rat, then the Ox, the Dog, the Tiger, the Hare, the Dragon, the Serpent, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, and the Boar. Thus, we have the twelve animal signs of today (Chinese horoscope). The animal that governs the year you were born has a profound influence on your life.

How did the order of the Chinese New Year animals come to be?


Chinese New Year 2019 Horoscope

The Horoscope of 2019 for the Year of the Pig, New Year’s Chinese Horoscope 2019. Annual forecasts for the 12 Chinese zodiac signs.

According to the Chinese horoscope, Pig is the animal symbol of 2019. Earth is the main Chinese zodiac throughout the year. The date for the New Chinese Year 2019 is February 5, 2019.

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The Personality of the Earth Feeder impregnates with specific actions of the Chinese New Year 2019 and the Pig Year 2019: more sensible and more robust than its counterparts, Earth Fever manages to make his plans a reality thanks to his strategic perspective and his / her business skills. Cheerful and responsible, too tied to his family, Pig does not count his time or energy when it comes to nourishing and protecting his family.

How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?

The celebration of the Chinese New Year begins from the eve of the New Year and lasts about 15 days until the middle of the first month. This celebration involves the largest movement of people in China, copying all means of transport, as everyone travels to meet with family or friends.

The preparations begin before the celebration since first the house must be completely cleaned and traditional decorations displayed. It is also remembered and prayed for by the ancestors in order to be on the “good side”, and improve the chances of a good fortune in the coming year, among many other traditions, although the most important thing of this holiday is the time for the meeting family.

People often visit their relatives and friends, go shopping, watch traditional Chinese shows, throw fireworks, and plan for next year.

What are some of the more interesting Chinese New Year traditions?

  • Completely clean the house with the aim of getting rid of bad luck accumulated since the previous year. Later, after the arrival of the New Year, it is not possible to sweep during the first days, in this way all the good luck that was obtained will not be expelled towards the outside of the home.
  • Decorations of flags and red emblems with the phrase “good fortune for the new year” usually predominate in every house and corner of China. They are usually placed in the main entrance of the house and must be red since it is the color of good luck, which symbolizes the vitality of life and happiness.
  • Red envelopes are a tradition that belongs only to children, who receive these envelopes from their families with money inside. Instead of gifts, these red envelopes called “hong pao” are presented with golden letters, prosperity messages and/or traditional symbols of good fortune.
  • Firecrackers and fireworks do not stop day and night, are a fundamental part of these parties. One of the characteristics is that when lighting firecrackers the dragon will be awakened and with it spring rains will come, which will attract abundance in the harvests. Another reason for its use is that by lighting it in the middle of the Lion and Dragon Dance (in the parades) or in front of the main entrance of the house, loud and annoying noises will tend to scare away evil spirits and the bad luck to get away and never come back.

Facts about the Chinese New Year

On this occasion, the Year of the Rooster will be the sign of the calendar that will remain in force for the next twelve years, a cycle that will be repeated every 60 years.

Here we tell you all the curiosities or facts about the Chinese New year and holiday:

Chinese Holiday

  1. When is? The festivity is always set according to the Chinese lunar calendar and coincides between January 21 and February 20.
  2. 12 animal signs. The Chinese lunar calendar is linked to the Chinese zodiac and is represented by 12 animals, with their corresponding sign, whose animals represent one year in a total cycle of 12 years. The animals are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
  3. 7 days without work. As a national official holiday, most workers in China do not work for 7 days.
  4. Preparation of the house. Before the arrival of the New Year, the Chinese thoroughly clean the house representing the desire to keep things from the old year. During the first days of the year, the house is not cleaned so as not to take away good luck. In addition, the proverbs from last year are removed and the new ones are placed with drawings or characters of the rooster. To avoid evil spirits, they place images of gods on the door that protect the house.
  5. The color of good omens. Red is the color of good luck. In Chinese culture, it is used for celebrations of all kinds. In the case of the Chinese New Year appears in a variety of ornaments: lanterns, lights, lucky sayings or red underwear.
  6. The year of the Rooster. 2019 will be the year of the Rooster The new year according to the Chinese, will have the characteristics of the animal, so it will be a year of success for the most hardworking, those who rise early with the crowing of the rooster.
  7. Chaotic traffic. This year, some 3,000 million trips are expected. It is the largest amount of traffic of the year and getting tickets for any type of transport becomes an almost impossible mission

End of the Year

  1. End of the year Dinner reunion. The traditional New Year’s Eve dinner is usually made up of 12 dishes. Each of them has a main ingredient with its corresponding symbology. For example, noodles (shoumian) represent longevity.
  2. Envelopes with money. After dinner, the older relatives deliver to the small children or those who are still single red envelopes with money inside. The amount of money in the envelope should not contain the ‘4’ because its phonetics (yes) is very similar to that of the word ‘death’ (si). In addition, they avoid at all costs old, crumpled notes or coins.
  3. CCTV Gala. The New Year’s Eve program broadcast by China Central Television brings together the most well-known stars of the country: singers, dancers, comedians, etc. and it is customary to see it before the new year.

New Year

  • Pyrotechnics: If there is something that the Chinese are passionate about, it is pyrotechnics. They throw firecrackers or fireworks at 00:00.
  • Parades: It is quite common to see Lion and Dragon parades not only in China but in other countries with Chinese communities. The goal is for the powerful animals to drive away evil spirits.
  • Honor the ancestors. In addition to being the way to show them respect and to remind them of their gratitude, they are also asked to protect the new generations.
  • Visit relatives. From the New Year until the end of the holidays, friends or relatives who live in other cities or towns are visited.
  • Greet with new wishes. To wish a happy year, we must close our fist with the other hand and move it back and forth while saying “恭喜 恭喜 / Gongxi Gongxi” (it would be the equivalent of “congratulations”).
  • Happy New Year! To congratulate the parties to your Chinese acquaintances you can also use the formula ” 新年 快乐 / Xin Nian Kuai Le”

Chinese New Year 2019 Tips

  • On the eve of the New Year, on February 4, 2019, those who live outside the home make a great effort to get home to be at the “reunion dinner” For this reason, public transport is usually shady during these dates. You have to keep this in mind if you are traveling in China, that day the traffic is chaotic.
  • If you want to wish someone a happy new year, you can do the “Bai Nian greeting“. For that, the hands are joined by closing our right fist and holding it with the left hand to move it forward and backward, while we say “Gongxi Gongxi”(congratulations).
  • If you are interested in Chinese culture, customs and celebrations, we encourage you to check the calendar of parties in China.
  • You can see how is this beginning of the year in the 2019 calendar (February), right in the upper-right corner of this page.
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