Happy Chinese New Year of the Pig from the Team at Alto!
Chinese New Year officially begins today, on February 5th, 2019, and ends on February 19th. This year is the year of the Earth Pig! Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, marking the end of the coldest days of winter.
The pig is the last of the twelve animals of the zodiac. The story goes that the Jade Emperor held a party and summoned twelve animals and the order in which they arrived determined their position in the zodiac. According to one legend, the pig overslept and so was the last to arrive. Others say that the pig’s house was destroyed by a wolf and he had to rebuild it before setting off.
Pigs are the symbol of wealth and prosperity in Chinese culture, so the team here at Alto wishes you a prosperous 2019!
新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)