2019 Year of the Earth Pig!

2019: 猪年

 

猪年快乐! 
Happy Year of the Pig!

We at the UCLA Confucius Institute wish you a new year filled with happiness, growth, and creativity. As a culturally-focused Confucius Institute based in the city of Los Angeles, a creative capital and home to immigrant communities from around the world, we believe that our city's rich diversity is the source of its strength. Our programs bring different traditions, art forms, and fresh ideas together to create new pathways to a brighter future.

The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. The fourteen-day holiday season celebrates fresh starts, family togetherness, and high hopes for a joyful, healthy, and prosperous new year. All over the world, Chinese people travel home to spend time with their families, feast on traditional New Years dishes including dumplings and nian gao (sticky rice cakes), and set off firecrackers to welcome the new year.

2019 is the Year of the Pig, the final animal in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac cycle. To be even more precise, 2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig!  Rotating every two years alongside the animal cycle are the 5 Elements: Metal (金), Water (水), Wood (木), Fire (火), Earth (土), which are thought to give balance to the earth.  2018 was the Year of the Earth Dog and 2019 is the Earth Pig. 

Those born in the Year of the Pig are said to be artistic, refined, and intelligent. We wish you and your family a wonderfully happy and creative New Year!  恭喜发财 (gōngxǐ fācái) Congratulations and Prosperity!

Surfing Pig Image: Created by UCLA Confucius Institute staff member, Amelia Sargent

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猪年快乐 (zhū nián kuàilè) Happy Year of the Pig
恭喜发财 (gōngxǐ fācái) Congratulations and Prosperity!