The Chinese zodiac signs operate on a 12-year cycle basis and 2019 is the Year of the Pig. This is a Year of Earth Pig, starting from 5 February, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to 24 January, 2020.
The ancient zodiac operates on a 12-year cycle as it includes 12 animal zodiac symbols: The Rat, The Ox, The Tiger, The Rabbit, The Dragon, The Snake, The Horse, The Sheep, The Monkey, The Rooster, The Dog and The Pig.
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However, the 12-year cycle is combined with five elements - wood, fire, earth, gold and water - and other important Chinese symbols to create a variation of 60 possible combinations to occur - which is why this year is the year of the Earth Pig.
To mark the year of the Earth Pig, people from all over the world took to streets, temples and public squares to celebrate in a number of colourful and interesting ways. Check out some of the best pics of the celebrations below.
People perform lion dance and dragon dance at a street during Chinese New Year's celebrations on 5 February, 2019 in Paris, France. The Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Pig, falls on 5 February this year. (Photo: Li Yang/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
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