While the January New Year glow has worn off for many of us, tomorrow marks another opportunity to refresh: the Lunar New Year, or the Chinese New Year. This annual celebration is marked by a different animal in the Zodiac calendar. Last year was the year of the Dog, and this year, we’ll welcome the year of the Pig, which is the last Zodiac animal in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Despite some of the less-favorable traits we typically associate with swine, “there is nothing wrong with being a pig,” says Shenzhan Liao, director of education at China Institute’s School of Chinese Studies. In fact, in Chinese culture, pigs represent wealth and treasure, because of their importance within an agrarian society, she says. From an astrological perspective, people born during the year of the Pig (which includes 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019) are believed to be philanthropic and generous, but also disciplined and hard-working. Pigs are very social and friendly (some might say too friendly), enjoy entertaining, and have a love for life

In Chinese astrology, bracelets and figurines with pigs containing different crystals, are also considered lucky in the Year of the Pig 2019. For those who wear them, the Pig ensures a constant, high income, abundance and prosperity.

It is also an excellent Feng Shui present for those who wish to change their job and receive a better pay.

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