Today is Chinese New Year and heralds the start of the “Year of the Pig”—one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac. But what does that mean for hog farmers?
First, there’s a greater awareness of the pig industry around the world but especially in China, the No. 1 pork producer and consumer in the world. Second, celebration of the Chinese New Year brings a demand push for pork products.
Though many people are familiar with the basics of Feng Shui (the study of the environment) and birth chart readings (including the Chinese zodiac signs), it's actually more complicated than some realize.
While "hai" represents the earthly branch symbol that stands for the pig, "ji" represents the heavenly stem for yin and Earth. That's why they call 2019 the year of the Earth Pig.
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The Year of the Pig signals good fortune for those people born in the 'Pig' years of 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007.
CNN Travel consulted Thierry Chow, a Feng Shui master from Hong Kong, to make some predictions of the Chinese New Year:
- The Year of the Earth Pig will also be a good year to travel to visit Asia.
- The dominant element is Earth, so it’s a good year for businesses related to the ground in general—soil, clay, mountains, etc.
- Another element at work is water, meaning there could be more water-related accidents and disasters like flooding this year. This suggests taking vacations that involve hiking or mountaineering, instead of water-related activities.
- Keep plants in the northern corner of your home to ward off bad luck.