(1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031)
The Chinese year of the Pig is the twelfth and final year of the 12 year cycle of Chinese Zodiac animals finishing in last place to the Heavenly gate. The old Chinese story behind this was that the Jade emperor ordered the race to select the 12 animals that were to be his personal guards.
Year of the Pig people are born in 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031 so if you’re a Pig, read on for a few more details!
They’re generous, trustworthy, and warm-hearted. These are kind and pleasant people who are looking to live a full life—but one that doesn’t involve stepping on others to get ahead. That said, they’re okay to put other people first.
They’ll surely be able to see and appreciate the finer things in life, and can be big spenders on luxuries. While you might think they could be perceived as snobbish or greedy, they actually can suffer from being taken advantage of.
Chinese Zodiac Elements
Chinese astrology assigns each zodiac year with one of the five elements (Gold, Water, Wood, Earth, and Fire) with each element assigned to a zodiac animal year that recycles every 60 years. The 12-year cycle for each element starts with a year of the Rat and continues through the 12 zodiac animal years.
The next year of the Pig will be 2030 in the metal cycle.
Each Zodiac sign is also assigned a fixed element and Water is a the fixed element for the any year of the Pig as is the Rat.
For more detailed information on Chinese elements, see this article on The Chinese Five Elements.
Full Zodiac Animal chart
Below is the full spectrum of Chinese zodiac animals. Click on the image to look up your own sign by birth year and read more about how Judy, Sarah and Kaitlin rediscovered their Chinese Zodiac signs in Hong Kong.
If you’re looking to shower your family and friends with well-wishes and greetings or at least understand them, check out 23 of the most common Chinese New Year greetings in both Mandarin and Cantonese.
Don’t forget to visit our Chinese New Year recipe planning guide to plan your own celebration meal.