Year of the Boar

February 08, 2019

Kung Hee Fat Choy!

Chinese New Year 2019 officially began two days ago, on February 5, but in various places around the world, cultural observances of this traditional Spring Festival will run through February 19 – including the upcoming Maui Chinese New Year Festival on February 16.

2019 marks the Year of the Pig, also called the Year of the Boar. In Chinese culture, pigs symbolize wealth, and people born under this zodiac sign are said to be blessed with good fortune.

According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Boar are realistic, hard workers, energetic and enthusiastic, and willing to take positions of power and status. They tend to be a little bit materialistic and will treat themselves from time to time, but they are generally not wasteful spenders.

Many famous individuals were born in the Year of the Boar. Here are a few of them: actress and singer Julie Andrews; singer, songwriter and politician Sonny Bono; actor and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger; musical superstars Elton John and David Bowie; author Stephen King; NBA MVP Magic Johnson; actress Emma Thompson; inventor Elon Musk; and NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

You can celebrate the Year of the Boar at the Maui Chinese New Year Festival, Saturday, February 16, at Queen Kaahumanu Center from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Enjoy lion dancers, cultural demonstrations, a historical photo display, Chinese craft and food vendors, an array of fun activities for keiki, and lots more. Admission is free.

This festive event – now in its 20th year – is organized by the Maui Chinese Festival Committee, chaired by Kamalani’s very own customer service representative, Sarah Shim! Mahalo to Sarah and the staff and management of Queen Kaahumanu Center for all your hard work.