猪年快乐 Zhūnián Kuàilè

Happy Year of the Pig! (2007)

February 18, 2007 began 猪年 zhūnián, year of the pig (or boar). (The previous year was dog; the next, rat.)

People born in the year of the pig are said to be honest and friendly. Let's have more people like that in the world! 2007 is the last (12th) year of a traditional 12-year cycle. Let's see the ending of wars and many other kinds of stupidity, this year! 2007 is also called 丁亥 dīnghài, which is the 24th year of the 60-year cycle. The character 亥 hài, like 豕 shǐ, originally depicted a boar or a pig. The modern Chinese word for pig is zhū; the character 猪(or 豬) is composed of 犭(or 豕) and 者 zhě phonetic. Here is an interesting photograph of a modern usage of the ancient seal form of 猪 on a giant 鼓灯 drum lantern:


Other years of the pig include: 2031, 2019, 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959, 1947, 1935, 1923, 1911.

See the whole 12-year cycle!