This week marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Pig.” In the spirit of this event, we’d like to share a little bit about the celebration and the outlook for the new year.
The lunar year begins with a new moon after the winter solstice, typically in late January or early February. On the western calendar, this year’s lunar new year begins on February 5. In many parts of Asia, each new year is marked with the characteristics of one of the twelve zodiac animals. Pigs are symbolic of joy, creativity, and leisure. In addition, each year is believed to be influenced by other factors, including elements—fire, earth, metal, water, and wood. For example, on the Chinese calendar, this is the Year of the “Earth” Pig, which is associated with stability, perseverance, and intuition.
We hope the lunar new year brings good luck and peace to our friends and colleagues.