Year of the Pig

Posted: February 4, 2019

Happy New Year!

Wait . . . isn’t it a little late for that? It isn’t in China. People there hop on trains with bundles of clothes and gifts. They return to their hometowns every year at this time to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. The night before the holiday, people gather with family and friends. They give red packets of pocket money to kids and light firecrackers at midnight. This year they say, “Goodbye, year of the dog. Hello, year of the pig!”

The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year cycle of animals: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig. Many people born in China do not only remember their birthdays. They also remember which animal year they were born in. Many believe a person born in a certain year will have qualities to match. For example, a pig has a chubby face. Some in China see this as a sign of good fortune. Some say men born in a pig year will have a lot of friends but not handle money well. Some say women born in a pig year will love children but sometimes be so friendly they don’t give others personal space.

Sometimes people recite superstitions like these just for fun. But many people in China take them very seriously. Superstitions, curses, and luck have no power over people who know and trust in God. He has designed us and planned our lives down to the tiniest detail!

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works. ― Psalm 139:13-14

A Chinese girl poses with pig sculptures outside a shopping mall in Nanning in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Chinese people celebrate Lunar New Year on February 5 this year. (AP Photo)