It is officially the year of the pig and today is the day to celebrate. Get your family together and set up a big evening feast(with lots of pork).
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 (地支—dì zhī) hài (亥), and the hours 9–11 in the night. In terms of yin and yang (阴阳—yīn yáng), 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(why? no idea).
For you who are new to the festival, Chinese New Year/ The Lunar New Year/ Spring Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the normal year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. It is celebrated by putting up lots of decorations(always red), getting your family together and eating a ton of food(best part).
There are 15 days of celebration, each to celebrate, mourn or eat something different. It would take to long to describe every day’s events so I’ll do a quick highlight: Honor elders, burn firecrackers and light fireworks, visit family, give gifts, eat, dumplings then more firecrackers, take the garbage out, eat, eat with employees, pray, celebrate a birthday, EAT!
Make sure to eat dinner with your whole family, put up decorations and give each other lots of presents. Don’t be afraid to make too much food so that you can have lots of leftovers for the days following the celebrations.
Happy New Year! 新年快乐!