One of the great things about living and working in this country is the rich tapestry of cultures that make up our nation. We are fortunate to interact with people from different backgrounds who influence our political and social views and our tastes in food, art, and fashion. Tomorrow, February 5th, our Chinese friends and family will be celebrating the Chinese New Year. Also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, it is celebrated in seven days filled with a whirlwind of activities, including decorations, reunion dinners, firecrackers, fireworks and the giving of gifts.

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. The pig is the twelfth sign of the Chinese Zodiac and is seen as a mild and lucky animal that represents carefree fun, good fortune and wealth. They also possess some interesting characteristics that are believed to also be exhibited by the people born in the years of this sign (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019).  Here are some characters of the pig that we can strive to model both our personal and professional lives after so that we can live our best lives in 2019 (source: ChinaHighlights.com):

  • Diligent: The pig is very focused, giving constant attention to the task at hand. They become very concentrated once they have set a goal, devoting all their energy and sparing no effort to achieving it. They are often rewarded for their hard work.
  • Compassionate: Pigs are sympathetic creatures that show care and concern for one another. Warm-hearted, they can make faithful companions.
  • Generous: Part of their warm nature, pigs are loyal to their friends and will go out of their way to help them.
  • Great sense of responsibility: Once a commitment is taken, pigs have a strong sense of duty to see it though. They can be trusted with even the most sensitive of information due to their sense of justice and right and wrong.
  • Calm: Pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems pigs may encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully.

2019 is specifically the year of the Earth Pig. Additional characteristics associated with this element are they are communicative, popular among their friends and have a strong sense of timekeeping. So, if you were just not ready for January 2019 or you’ve already hit the snooze button one time too many on those New Year’s Resolutions, tomorrow’s start of the Chinese New Year presents a great opportunity to hit the reset button and refocus your energy to achieving your dreams and goals. Emulating the positive characteristics of this year’s animal, the pig, can also help propel you to new heights.

If you would like to participate in Chinese New Year celebrations, be sure to check out sites such as Event Brite, your local paper and social media for festivals, fairs, and dances happening in your area.