Year of the Pig

Year of the Pig

The Pig is the last animal sign in the Chinese zodiac. The Pig has always been a symbol of wealth because pigs have always been very closely related to human activities from ancient times to the present day. It is generally considered that every baby born in the Year of the Pig will have a blissful life. People call a baby born in the Year of the Pig the “Golden Pig” for a good omen. People who are born in the Year of the Pig have a touch of genius, and are very kind, good tempered, and optimistic. They will never refuse to give a helping hand to people in need. Their flexible personality and soft heart, along with good luck for wealth and work, will bring them a comfortable and peaceful life.

The Story of the Pig

According to one mythological story of the Jade Emperor, the Pig was assigned the 12th, and last, position because once he overslept and was the last one to arrive to a party. Another story claims a wolf destroyed his house and he had to rebuild it before going to the emperor’s party. It delayed his arrival and all the other animals had already picked their position. Chinese culture considers the Pig to be a symbol of wealth and fortune with its chubby face and big ears. The Pig is associated with the earthly branch called Hài in Mandarin and the hours nine to eleven in the evening.

Five Elements of the Pig

five elements of pig

There are five elements that give the Pig specific characteristics and personality traits beyond its symbol of wealth. The most recent years of the Pig include 1923, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007. After 2019, the next two years we will be 2031 and 2043.

Types Years of Birth
Wood Pig 1935, 1995
Fire Pig 1947, 2007
Earth Pig 1959, 2019
Metal Pig 1971, 2031
Water Pig 1923, 1983, 2043

1. Wood Pig

1995 was the last year of the Wood Pig. People who were born in the year of the Wood Pig are very sympathetic and have a tender heart that gives others strength to overcome difficulties. Even though they can be a little hot-tempered in high-stress situations, they are decisive and love to set goals because it helps them stay on track. They tend to be hindered by career obstacles but they face them with courage and will power rather than getting frustrated and giving up.

The year of the Wood Pig is a lucky year for financial success for young and middle-aged adults. A Wood Pig will never get into a relationship without considering all the positive and negative aspects. They are careful, methodical, pragmatic, and make decisions only after sufficient consideration. They often dedicate themselves so much to work responsibilities that they ignore health problems. Therefore, all Wood Pigs should be cognizant of maintaining a proper balance between work and their personal life and stay mentally and physically healthy.

2. Fire Pig

Just like the name suggests, people who were born in the year of the Fire Pig are ambitious, motivated, and determined to achieve the impossible. They are always looking for something new to learn, they love to make meaningful bonds with their friends, family, and coworkers, and are great listeners. Even though they may be interested in running their own business, they aren’t always independent and like to have friends and family around for support.

Fire Pigs aren’t accustomed to obtaining instant and large amounts of wealth, but they are used to earning regular salaries. Their lack of financial knowledge tends to reduce their level of wealth but acquiring more financial knowledge can help this. They are generally content with their love life but may have a tendency to start an extra-marital affair. It can happen unwittingly, so they need to be conscious of this possibility.

3. Earth Pig

2019 is the year of the Earth Pig and people born in an Earth Pig’s year are filled with enthusiasm, joy, and optimism. They are always ready to give a helping hand to someone who is struggling. It is because of their kind nature that friends rush to help them in times of trouble. The Earth Pig is independent, hardworking, and very independent. They are also very punctual and expect the same from others. They are usually rich and rarely experience financial hardship.

However, they tend to make hasty financial decisions, which decreases their level of wealth. To avoid this, they should invest in real estate to have a safety net during hard financial times. While they are generally expressive with friends, Earth Pigs are often unable to adequately profess their love in romantic relationships which can cause hardships in marriage. Being sure to add a bit of passion to their marriage will help rekindle the romance. They can be injury-prone and tend to suffer from broken bones and fractures.

4. Metal Pig

Being Open-minded and having a friendly attitude and outgoing nature best describe people who were born in the year of the Metal Pig. They are born leaders but never make others feel inferior. They are persistent but often lack vigor (which usually doesn’t affect their decision-making abilities). They are very successful at work and can expect regular salary increases. Even though they may struggle a little financially in their early 20’s, they can look forward to being financially well off later in life.

To counteract their propensity for overspending, they should start saving and investing money early. When it comes to romantic relationships, they are straightforward and clear about their feelings but can sometimes ignore the feelings of their partner. When they fall in love, they will do anything to make the relationship work. Metal Pigs have to take care of their health as they are at risk of bone and joint problems. Taking calcium supplements and eating a nutrient-rich diet will help keep them healthy.

5. Water Pig

Lastly, people who were born in the year of the Water Pig are witty and extremely intelligent. Their responsible nature makes them a favorite among friends and at the office. They can also be very stubborn and unwilling to change their decisions. They love socializing, especially in business environments. Nine-to-five jobs aren’t made for them as they continually look for innovative opportunities to further their career.

They use interpersonal relationships to find business opportunities and accumulate wealth. Even though they can struggle with spending habits, they are great at saving money. Their possessive nature is not always ideal in a romantic relationship and can be bothersome for their partner. Irregular working hours can affect their health in their later years. They should get plenty of rest and eat healthy to prevent illness.

Famous people born in the pig year

In Western Countries

Former US President, Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911); and one of the greatest Tudor monarchs, Henry VIII of England (June 28, 1491) were all born during the year of the Pig.

Other celebrities born in the year of the Pig include Hillary Clinton (October 26, 1947), Alfred Hitchcock (August 13, 1899), and Stephen King (September 21, 1947). One thing they all had in common was that they have/had many fans and admirers.

In China

Liu Ji (born July 1, 1311), nicknamed “Bowen”, was a Chinese military strategist, statesman, philosopher, and poet. He served as an important advisor to Zhu Yuanzhang (the emperor and founder of the Ming Dynasty).

Zheng He (born 1371) was a Chinese mariner and diplomat in the Ming Dynasty. He commanded expeditionary voyages to Southeast, South, and Western Asia, as well as East Africa from 1405 to 1433. His voyages marked a pinnacle of ancient Chinese maritime navigation.

Chiang Kai-Shek (born Oct 31, 1887) was a politician and military leader who served as the Republic of China’s (aka Taiwan) leader between 1928 and 1975.

qian xuesen in his youthQian Xuesen in his youth

Qian Xuesen (born Dec 11, 1911) was a prominent Chinese engineer focused on aerodynamics and cybernetics. His work made important contributions to China’s missile and space program.

Nie Rongzhen (born Dec 29, 1899) was a prominent Chinese Communist military leader and one of only ten people ever to be appointed to the (now obsolete) rank of “Marshal” – which is loosely equivalent to a five-star general – and a founder of the People’s Liberation Army of China.

Qiu Jin (born 1875) was a Chinese revolutionary, one of the pioneers of the women's liberation movement, and writer.

Nie Er (born Feb 14, 1912) was a Chinese composer best known for composing the national anthem of China, “March of the Volunteers”.

Zhang Jinlai (born April 12, 1959), better known by his stage name Liu Xiao Ling Tong (六小龄童), is a Chinese actor best known for his role as the Monkey King in the 1986 television series “Journey to the West”.

Ma Huateng (Pony Ma)(born Oct 29, 1971) is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of China’s tech giant, Tencent. Somewhat equivalent in size and popularity as Facebook, it’s two most famous products, Wechat and QQ, are the most widely used messaging/social media apps in China.

Han Hong (born Sep 26, 1971) is a current popular Chinese singer, songwriter, and philanthropist.

Personality Traits and Character

Pigs are usually kind-hearted people who enjoy strong and loving friendships. They don’t like to call attention to theirself and therefore usually avoid the limelight.

Positive personality traits

a pig is enjoying its food

People who are born during the year of the Pig have a frank personality and optimistic nature. They are usually calm but their strong leadership qualities allow them to rise to any occasion and take over during an emergency. Their loyalty to friends and family makes them a favorite among all. They tackle every problem with decisiveness and practicality. People born in the year of the Pig also can be humorous and enjoy telling jokes. They usually have no trouble falling asleep.

Negative personality traits

People born in the year of the Pig can often have trouble conveying their feelings. They are great at listening to their friends talk, but don’t necessarily do the same in return. They can sometimes be too trusting and therefore may fall victim to scams or even be taken advantage of by friends or partners. They can also be hot-tempered but rarely make impulsive decisions. They love to play good-natured pranks on others but sometimes don’t know the limit.

Exclusive Travel Destinations for the Pig

The Pigs tend to be very educated, open minded, curious, and joyful no matter where they are. Datong in Shanxi Province is a place to be able to fully enjoy everything of this magical destination for the Pigs. If you are interested, please check the Exclusive Travel Destinations for Chinese 12 Zodiac to know more details.

Love Compatibility

people fall in love

Compatibility differs according to the gender of the person but mostly, Pig people aren’t compatible with Monkey or Snake people.

Best Zodiac Matches for Men born in the year of the Pig

1. Rooster

A marriage between a ‘Pig’ man and ‘Rooster’ woman will be long-lasting and satisfying. They understand each other completely and become each other’s strength. Family comes before work for both of them and they won’t let work responsibilities get in the way of this. They take vacations to foster a strong family bond.

2. Tiger

There is no more perfect a relationship than that of a ‘Tiger’ woman and a ‘Pig’ man. They handle marriage difficulties with grace and understanding. Both are patient with each other and their bedrooms are usually full of passion.

3. Rabbit

The Rabbit and the Pig are two of the most considerate personalities of the Chinese zodiac. Their marriage is an envy to others. They are cooperative and understand each other like no one else does.

Best Zodiac Matches for Women born in the year of the Pig

1. Sheep

A ‘Sheep’ man and ‘Pig’ woman enjoy a relaxed marriage apart from some silly fights due to their sometimes hot-tempers and impulsiveness. Both are romantic and come up with new ideas to keep their marriage fresh.

2. Dog

A ‘Pig’ woman can easily satisfy the curiosities of a ‘Dog’ man and convert their marriage into an everlasting relationship. They support each other and like to maintain peace in their household.

3. Horse

Their love towards their family helps a ‘Horse’ man and a ‘Pig’ woman bond. They are very careful about what they say and how they behave as it would pain them to see their partner hurt. They fight for what is right and always keep the other happy.

Lucky and Unlucky Things

1. Numbers

Lucky - two, five, and eight
Unlucky - one, three, and nine

2. Colors

Lucky - gray, yellow, brown, and gold
Unlucky - red, blue, and green

3. Flowers

Lucky - pitcher plant, hydrangea, and marguerite
Unlucky - no unlucky flowers

4. Directions

Lucky - northeast and southeast
Unlucky - west and east

cities of xiamen and guangzhou

If you love history, you are going to love China’s northernmost city, Harbin. Sitting just close to the China/Russia border, Harbin has great Russian cultural and architectural influence. You can visit the Saint Sophia Cathedral (the only Eastern Orthodox Cathedral in China), Jile Temple, Harbin Polarland, and take your family to the famous Yabuli Ski Resort for the holidays. The city’s winter festival is one of the most spectacular ice-sculpting events in the world. There is a lot to see and do in China, and the year of the pig might just be when you want to visit!

Xiamen and Guangzhou are two great options as well. Xiamen is located directly across from Taiwan and has beautiful beaches. You can see Japanese and European influence throughout the city because it was formerly a British-run port. The city center is vehicle-free, so you can walk or cycle without ever worrying about oncoming traffic. Known for its beautiful country life, Guangzhou is a great place to unwind. You can visit Chimelong Safari Park, Baiyun Mountain, Chimelong Paradise, and Canton Tower during your stay.

Career and Health Outlook


a picture of working scence

People born in the year of the Pig aren’t afraid to dream about the impossible. They set small goals that will eventually lead them to big dreams and are prepared to do anything to achieve them. They can sometimes procrastinate at work, which make them fall behind. Since they value integrity and productivity, good fields to pursue a career in are health and education.

They should stay away from accounting jobs because they are can be bad at finances. They should hire a professional financial manager to handle their personal finances.



People born in the year of the Pig can be overly friendly and love attending parties. They sometimes overly enjoy alcohol and snack foods at parties, which can cause cardiovascular disorders like increased blood pressure and hyperlipidemia. They should exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet.

Best direction to travel

A person born in the year of the Pig should travel to Sichuan in the southwest to eat delicious Sichuan cuisine. They can also travel eastward to Beijing, to visit the Great Wall of China, or Shanghai. Spending a little time shopping can help them unwind.

Pig Horoscope in 2024

a picture of a pig

2024 Overall: 4/5 stars

In 2024, Pigs are filled with dreams and blueprints. The advice is not to linger in the planning stage but to take action promptly, paving the way for early success.

Career: 5/5 stars

There's an upward trajectory in 2024. Pay attention to your interpersonal skills, emphasizing humility and courtesy, as this approach will keep the stream of good fortune flowing.

Wealth: 4/5 stars

Stable income is indicated, but caution is advised in investments to avoid falling into fraudulent schemes.

Love: 5/5 stars

2024 offers an opportunity to find harmonious ways of getting along, whether with family or partners.

Health: 4/5 stars

Pigs should focus on emotional control, avoiding extreme mood swings. Pay attention to psychological well-being and engage in activities that contribute to mental stability, such as practicing the Eight Brocades or yoga.

By Eric M. Meyer
Senior Editor
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