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Year of the Pig

Year of the Pig

Written by Fercility JiangUpdated Aug. 29, 2023

Years of the Pig include 2031, 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947... A Pig year occurs every 12 years.

With a round and fat face, the Pig is the symbol of wealth, felicity, honesty, and practicality in Chinese zodiac culture. Many money pots (Chinese piggybanks) are made pig-shaped as people believe Pig invocation will bring good luck monetarily.

The Pig is the twelfth animal sign in the Chinese zodiac cycle. The twelve zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

  • Chinese: 猪年 (Zhū nián 'Pig year')
  • Earthly branch: 亥 (hài 12th of 12)
  • Representing hours: 9–11pm
  • Yin/yang: yin

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Was I born in a Year of the Pig?

Year of the Pig

Most recent years of the Pig are 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935...

However popularly, a new Chinese zodiac year starts in January or February according to the lunar calendar. Therefore, if you were born in January or February in one of the above years, you might be a Pig, or possibly a Dog. Additionally, if you were born in January/February in one of the years immediately following those above (2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, etc.), then you may be a Pig or a Rat.

You can use our free Chinese zodiac sign calculator below or check the table below to be sure.

In Chinese element theory, each zodiac sign is associated with one of the five elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold (Metal), and Water. Each Pig-element year corresponds with an element and comes once in a 60-year cycle. For example, 2019 was a year of the Earth Pig. The next Earth Pig year is 2079.

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Year of the Pig Dates

Pig Year Date Element
2031 January 22, 2031 – February 10, 2032 Metal (Gold)
2019 February 4, 2019 – January 24, 2020 Earth
2007 February 17, 2007 – February 6, 2008 Fire
1995 January 30, 1995 – February 18, 1996 Wood
1983 February 13, 1983 – February 1, 1984 Water
1971 January 27, 1971 – February 14, 1972 Metal (Gold)
1959 February 8, 1959 – January 27, 1960 Earth
1947 January 22, 1947 – February 9, 1948 Fire
1935 February 4, 1935 – January 23, 1936 Wood

Chinese Zodiac Pigs' Personality

Pigs are diligent, compassionate, and generous. They have great concentration: once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it. Though Pigs rarely seek help from others, they will not refuse to give others a hand. Pigs never suspect trickery, so they are easily fooled.

Generally speaking, Pigs are relatively calm when facing trouble. No matter how difficult the problems are Pigs encounter, they can handle things properly and carefully. They have a great sense of responsibility to finish what they are engaged in.

It is theorized that a person's characteristics are decided by their birth year's zodiac animal sign and element. So, there are five types of Pig, each with different characteristics:

Element Characteristics
Wood Pig Good-natured, lovely, easy-going, generous, brave but irritable
Fire Pig Ambitious, persevering, but impatient
Earth Pig Communicative, popular among their friends, with a strong sense of time keeping
Gold Pig Broad-minded, amicable, and willing to help others
Water Pig Gentle, modest, earnest, responsible, but subjective in life

See Chinese Zodiac Pigs of 5 Elements: Characters and Destinies.

Pigs' Love Compatibility

The Pig's Love Compatibility

Love compatibility between the Chinese zodiac animals takes the unique characteristics of each animal into account. Those whose characteristics match well can be good partners.

See below the compatibility of the Pig with other animals and find out the compatible Chinese zodiac signs for the Pig.

The most compatible zodiac signs for the Pig: Goat, Tiger, and Rabbit

They are attracted to each other and know how to please one another.

They admire each other's merits and are willing to make efforts for the family.

The least compatible zodiac signs for the Pig: Snake

This combination is polite to each other, but lack deep connection. If getting married, their marriage might not end up in a satisfactory state.

Want to know if she/he is compatible with you? Use our zodiac love compatibility calculator below. Or you can check the 12 Chinese zodiac signs' love compatibility in detail.

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Lucky Things for People Born in a Year of the Pig

Lucky Things for the Pigs

Lucky Things for Pigs

  • Lucky numbers: 2, 5, 8, and numbers containing them (like 25 and 58)
  • Lucky days: the 17th and 24th of every Chinese lunar month
  • Lucky colors: yellow, gray, brown, gold
  • Lucky flowers: hydrangea and daisy
  • Lucky direction: east and southwest
  • Lucky months: the 2nd, 7th, 10th, and 11th Chinese lunar months

Unlucky Things for Pigs

  • Unlucky color: red, blue, green
  • Unlucky numbers: 1, 7, and numbers containing them (like 17 and 71)
  • Unlucky direction: southeast
  • Unlucky months: the 4th, 9th, and 12th Chinese lunar months

Pigs' Horoscope for 2023

2023 is a year of the Rabbit. Pigs, your overall fortune will be good. As long as you pay attention to your health and the risk of loss of property, and work hard, you should have unexpected pleasant surprises and gains.

In 2023, the career horoscope for you is good. You will receive help from benefactors in your career, and will be able to give full play to your talents in projects, thus ushering in a promotion and a salary increase.

Your romantic fortunes, Pig people, will be on the up this year. Singles born in a year of the Pig, you will have more opportunities to meet the opposite sex. Married Pigs, your overall family atmosphere will be very harmonious in 2023, and there will be no major disputes, and your relationship with your spouse will continue to heat up.

Read on Monthly Horoscope for Pigs.

Top Careers for the Pig

People born in a year of the Pig are usually self-disciplined, straightforward, gentle, calm, quick in mind, and thirsty for knowledge. Among the twelve Chinese zodiac signs, the Pig enjoys the best luck with money. No matter what jobs they do, they have a higher possibility of being successful.

However, the Pig usually has less patience than others and is not good at managing wealth, thus jobs related to finance are not so suitable for people born in Pig years.

Careers related to education, transport, art, music, beauty, fashion, and catering are best suited to Pigs.

Are Pig Years Lucky for the Pig?

Year of the Pig

According to Chinese astrology, in the year of their birth sign (本命年běnmìngnián /bnn-ming-nyen/ 'origin (of) life year') people offend Tai Sui, the god of age in Chinese mythology, and so have bad luck.

Therefore Pigs should be more careful about all aspects of their lives in the year of their birth sign.

Read more on How to Be Lucky in Your Ben Ming Nian.

How to Build Relationships with Pigs

People born in a year of the Pig are usually sensitive but trusting. When talking to Pigs, being straightforward and blunt will be helpful for you to understand each other and avoid confusion leading to a perceived breach of trust.

Pig people are generous and find it difficult to refuse a proposition. Not being overpowering will make Pigs feel comfortable, and will avoid some unnecessary conflicts down the track. Being sincere and honest will help to build a good relationship.

Famous Pig Year People

  • Henry Ford (Founder of the Ford Motor Company, born July 30, 1863)
  • Ronald Reagan (40th U.S. President, born February 6, 1911)
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger (Former Governor of California, born July 30, 1947)
  • Hilary Clinton (Former First Lady of the U.S., born October 26, 1947)

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