Happy New Year, Pigs

 
A pink pig swims in crystal clear water. Here’s to blue skies and calm seas in 2019!  Photo:    Jakob Owens

A pink pig swims in crystal clear water. Here’s to blue skies and calm seas in 2019! Photo: Jakob Owens

 

From all of us at YUI+Company, we wish you a very happy new year. Some of you may be thinking, “You’re a little late, it’s already February.” To that, we say, “Oink!”

After all, February 5 kicked off the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year, and 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Celebrated for over 4,000 years, today, the holiday is observed by over 20% of the world and typically lasts 16 days.

The first day of the new year changes annually, because the festival timing is determined by the movement of the moon. The calendar follows a 60-year cycle, which is broken down into repeating 12-year cycles that correspond to an animal: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig, in that order.

So, if someone calls you a pig this year, consider taking it as a compliment. According to the Chinese zodiac, those born in the Year of the Pig are thought to be genial, honest, generous, and resilient.

However, pigs are not perceived as particularly ambitious. According to Chinese zodiac lore, the pig is the final year of the cycle because Pig showed up late to the emperor’s lunar festival party, after all the others, because it overslept.

Despite its lethargy, the pig is known to bring good luck and good fortune. Thus, this year, be sure to set an alarm (or five) and seize the day.

Happy new year to you and yours. May this Year of the Pig bring you an abundance of health and wealth.

 
Paper lanterns swing in the air, serving as a reminder to breathe deeply and let any worries float away.  Photo:    Samuel Zeller

Paper lanterns swing in the air, serving as a reminder to breathe deeply and let any worries float away. Photo: Samuel Zeller

 
The YUI+Company Team