Monday, February 4, 2019

Chinese New Year 2019: Year of the Pig

Girl with Pigs
Thomas Gainsborough

This year the Chinese New Year begins on February 5, 2019, the Year of the Pig. Read the legend behind the animals of the Chinese Zodiac here:  

"The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. Another story says that a wolf destroyed his house. He had to rebuild his home before he could set off. When he arrived, he was the last one and could only take twelfth place.

The Pig is also associated with the Earthly Branch and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang, the Pig is yin. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well." To read more about those born in the Year of Pig go to


The Old Woman and Her Pig - England

The Pig That Went to Church - United States

The Three Green Men of Glen Nevis - Scotland

The Sheep and the Pig Who Set Up House - Norway

The Story of the Three Little Pigs - England

The Enchanted Pig – Andrew Lang 


Children’s Books About Pigs: Funny Bedtime Stories


Dltk- kids Lots of fun pig crafts here that will have you squealing in no time at all.


Asia Education Foundation – Learning activities, teacher’s note and additional references on the Chinese New Year.

Traditions: Chinese New Year Clothes

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