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2019: Year of the Pig – Chinese Animal Signs

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 is Chinese New Year and the start of the Year of the Pig in the Chinese Zodiac.

Black pigs in a farm in Yunnan China.

Feb 5, 2019: Out with the dog – in with the boar.

The Year of the Pig starts on Chinese New Year on Feb 5, 2019.

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The boar / pig is one of 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac (Shēngxiào, or 生肖), which is based on a 12-year cycle. The Year of the Boar begins on Chinese New Year, ending the year of the Dog.

People born in the Year of the Boar are traditionally considered sincere, tolerant, hard-working, honest, and optimistic.

2020: Year of the Rat

The following year in the Chinese zodiac is the Year of the Rat, which starts on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

What Year Is What Animal?

The Zodiac starts with the Year of the Rat and cycles continuously through the 12 signs.

Black and white illustration of a dogBlack and white illustration of a pigillustration of a rabbitillustration of a tigerillustration of a ratillustration of a dragon

12 Animals and 5 Elements

Each of the 12 years in the Chinese Zodiac cycle is represented by an animal and is associated with one of five elemental signs: wood, earth, fire, water, and metal. The year of the dog is associated with Earth.

Zodiac and Human Connections

According to the Chinese Zodiac, your birth year tells you more than just your age. Not only is one's personality affected by the animal associated with their birth year, but the compatibility of their relationships also depends on their Zodiac.

Starts with Spring Festival

In China, the start of a new year is celebrated with a Spring Festival, the biggest holiday of the year. Traditionally, people give their house a big spring clean and hang couplets on their doors. Couplets are poetic lines about spring and prosperity written in gold or black on red paper.

Setting off firecrackers is hugely popular, and children get hongbao, little red gifts with money inside, from older family members.

The Chinese Calendar

The animal signs in the Chinese Zodiac are calculated in accordance with the Chinese calendar, which is lunisolar and is based on astronomical observances of the Sun's longitude and the Moon's phases.

This calendar is older than the Gregorian calendar, which is used by most countries today. In fact, the Chinese calendar's origins can be traced as far back as the 14th century BCE.

Leap years in the Chinese calendar happen approximately every 3 years when they add a leap month.

What Chinese Zodiac Year was I born?

Year rangeChinese Zodiac
Jan 23, 2031 – Feb 10, 2032 Boar/Pig (Hai)
Feb 3, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031 Dog (Xu)
Feb 13, 2029 – Feb 2, 2030 Rooster (You)
Jan 26, 2028 – Feb 12, 2029 Monkey (Shen)
Feb 6, 2027 – Jan 25, 2028 Sheep (Wei)
Feb 17, 2026 – Feb 5, 2027 Horse (Wu)
Jan 29, 2025 – Feb 16, 2026 Snake (Si)
Feb 10, 2024 – Jan 28, 2025 Dragon (Chen)
Jan 22, 2023 – Feb 9, 2024 Rabbit (Mao)
Feb 1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023 Tiger (Yin)
Feb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022 Ox (Chou)
Jan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021 Rat (Zi)
Feb 5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020 Boar/Pig (Hai)
Feb 16, 2018 – Feb 4, 2019 Dog (Xu)
Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018 Rooster (You)
Feb 8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017 Monkey (Shen)
Feb 19, 2015 – Feb 7, 2016 Sheep (Wei)
Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015 Horse (Wu)
Feb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014 Snake (Si)
Jan 23, 2012 – Feb 9, 2013 Dragon (Chen)
Feb 3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012 Rabbit (Mao)
Feb 14, 2010 – Feb 2, 2011 Tiger (Yin)
Jan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010 Ox (Chou)
Feb 7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009 Rat (Zi)
Feb 18, 2007 - Feb 6, 2008 Boar/Pig (Hai)
Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007 Dog (Xu)
Feb 9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006 Rooster (You)
Jan 22, 2004 – Feb 8, 2005 Monkey (Shen)
Feb 1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004 Sheep (Wei)
Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003 Horse (Wu)
Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2002 Snake (Si)
Feb 5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001 Dragon (Chen)
Feb 16, 1999 – Feb 4, 2000 Rabbit (Mao)
Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999 Tiger (Yin)
Feb 7, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998 Ox (Chou)
Feb 19, 1996 – Feb 6, 1997 Rat (Zi)
Jan 31, 1995 - Feb 18, 1996 Boar/Pig (Hai)
Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995 Dog (Xu)
Jan 23, 1993 – Feb 9, 1994 Rooster (You)
Feb 4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993 Monkey (Shen)
Feb 15, 1991 – Feb 3, 1992 Sheep (Wei)
Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991 Horse (Wu)
Feb 6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990 Snake (Si)
Feb 17, 1988 – Feb 5, 1989 Dragon (Chen)
Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988 Rabbit (Mao)
Feb 9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987 Tiger (Yin)
Feb 20, 1985 – Feb 8, 1986 Ox (Chou)
Feb 2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985 Rat (Zi)
Feb 13, 1983 - Feb 1, 1984 Boar/Pig (Hai)
Jan 25, 1982 - Feb 12, 1983 Dog (Xu)
Feb 5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982 Rooster (You)
Feb 16, 1980 – Feb 4, 1981 Monkey (Shen)
Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980 Sheep (Wei)
Feb 7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1979 Horse (Wu)
Feb 18, 1977 – Feb 6, 1978 Snake (Si)
Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977 Dragon (Chen)
Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976 Rabbit (Mao)
Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975 Tiger (Yin)
Feb 3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974 Ox (Chou)
Feb 15, 1972 – Feb 2, 1973 Rat (Zi)
Jan 27, 1971 - Feb 14, 1972 Boar/Pig (Hai)
Feb 6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971 Dog (Xu)
Feb 17, 1969 – Feb 5, 1970 Rooster (You)
Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969 Monkey (Shen)
Feb 9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968 Sheep (Wei)
Jan 21, 1966 – Feb 8, 1967 Horse (Wu)
Feb 2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966 Snake (Si)
Feb 13, 1964 – Feb 1, 1965 Dragon (Chen)
Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964 Rabbit (Mao)
Feb 5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963 Tiger (Yin)
Feb 15, 1961 – Feb 4, 1962 Ox (Chou)
Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961 Rat (Zi)
Feb 8, 1959 – Jan 27, 1960 Boar/Pig (Hai)
Feb 18, 1958 – Feb 8, 1959 Dog (Xu)
Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958 Rooster (You)
Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30, 1957 Monkey (Shen)
Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956 Sheep (Wei)
Feb 3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955 Horse (Wu)
Feb 14, 1953 – Feb 2, 1954 Snake (Si)
Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953 Dragon (Chen)
Feb 6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952 Rabbit (Mao)
Feb 17, 1950 – Feb 5, 1951 Tiger (Yin)
Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950 Ox (Chou)
Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949 Rat (Zi)

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