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CHINESE NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE PIG

  • CHINESE NEW YEAR: YEAR OF THE PIG

Following to Chinese astrology, 2019 is the year of the pig, an earth pig, as it is considered to be the twelfth zodiac animal sign (Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle). The zodiac animal signs are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. The 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. Pigs have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.

As Chinese New Year is coming up soon on 5 February, we take a look on fun facts of the colour and food that Thai-Chinese people use for the offering and blessing during the celebration days.

The Colours and Its meaning. 

Red - happiness, purity, celebration, health, luck

Orange - happiness, luck

Gold or yellow - happiness, prosperity

Green - luck, harmony

White - bad luck, death, loss, mourning

Classic Tradition Food on Chinese New Year

Orange: Symbol of good luck.

Two of the most common food symbols of the Chinese New Year are tangerines and oranges. Whereas tangerines represent wealth, oranges are a popular symbol of good luck. The associations come from a similarity between the Chinese words for tangerine and gold, as well as a resemblance between the words orange and good luck. It isn't uncommon in Chinese culture for similar sounding or spelled words with very different meanings (homonyms) to become suggestive of one another over time. Oranges and tangerines are also bright, vibrant orange, a happy color that's associated with good fortune.

Noodles: Long noodles represent a nice long life,

Chicken: Represents togetherness and rebirth. It's symbolic of the family and can also signify unity and prosperity as a group.

Pomegranate: represents happiness and repels evil spirits.

Fish: The Chinese word for fish is similar to the word for plenty, and saving part of the fish for later consumption ensures symbolic abundance for the future. 

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