Happy Year Of The Pig

Kingsize Wombat

Abominable Snowman
Jan 19, 2016
Do's and Don'ts in the Year of the Pig

Lunar New Year is a time to wish family and friends luck, prosperity and good fortune for the coming year and in Sydney the New Year will be celebrated throughout February, when we welcome the Year of the Pig.

Do these things:
  • Spend time with family. In many countries, Lunar New Year is the one time of the year families are reunited for a four-day holiday.

  • Eat fish for wisdom, peaches for longevity, plums for a sharp mind, lettuce for good health and spring onions to bring clarity for the year ahead.
  • Fill a box with sweetened vegetables or lollies for a "sweet year." Jaffas are popular because of their red colour.
  • Married couples are expected to give red envelopes filled with money to younger members of their family. Red is a"major good luck colour," said Ms Cumines.
  • Clean the house and get new clothes before the New Year to avoid bad spirits hanging around.
  • Wear red underwear to maximise your luck - particularly if you were born in the year of the pig, senior lecturer in Chinese and Asian studies at UNSW, Pan Wang, says.

  • Decorate your house with poems written on red paper to drive away evil spirits
  • Don't do these things:
  • Don't sleep during the day or you will have a lazy year
  • The New Year is a time for positivity, so don't get into arguments with people
  • Don't buy shoes. The Cantonese word for shoes is a homophone for rough and the Mandarin word is a homophone for evil. No one wants for a rough or evil year
  • Wearing black or white clothes will bring bad luck to the wearer as they are traditionally worn in mourning.
  • If you wash your hair at the start of the New Year, you'll wash away your luck.
  • Don't get your hair cut in the first month after New Year as your mother's brothers will curse you.
  • Don't talk about death for the first few days of the Lunar New Year.


May 30, 2010
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Excellent. Every thread needs a theme tune. That'll do nicely for the forthcoming tempest.

Incidentally, my eldest was born in a Golden Pig year. I'm hoping that pays off sooner or later.

maximus otter

Recovering policeman
Aug 9, 2001
"It may be the year of the pig, but Hong Kong has had enough of the wild ones.

Authorities in the densely populated financial center are looking for ways to cut down on potentially dangerous encounters between humans and wild boars that have increased as the city's ballooning population expands into former wilderness.

Boars are now frequent sights on roadways, in parks and housing developments and even in shopping centers, and there is concern that the animals have lost their fear of humans.

While the government is pushing for softer measures such as sterilization for the pigs and education for humans who feed them, others say the solution is a full-scale cull of the swine."


maximus otter