The upcoming Year of the Earth Pig marks the end of the Chinese zodiac cycle and the perfect chance to unwind, relax and reflect. In 2019 Chinese New Year will be officially celebrated on Tuesday 5 February, so let’s find out what each of the 12 zodiac signs can expect – and where you can head in Brisbane and Melbourne to find the party!
Born in 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008
Your career and wealth may not see too much drastic change in 2019, but relationships and social interactions are expected to be strong for your sign this year.
Born in 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997 or 2009
Great news for Oxes – you can expect new opportunities relating to your career and prosperity, so prepare to be proactive! Love and relationships will be on a solid track.
Born in 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010
While Tigers tend to be independent, the Year of the Pig will be your time to engage more with others. Carefully consider any job offers and investments this lunar year.
Born in 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 or 2011
Rabbits’ good nature means a social year full of networking, which could even lead to new career opportunities. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice on financial management.
Born in 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 or 2012
The Year of the Pig means money for Dragons. Invest wisely, avoid risks and work hard to make the most of career development opportunities that could well come your way.
Born in 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 or 2013
While career and wealth prospects are good, focus on keeping the peace in love and social relationships. Friends born in the year of the Horse can provide helpful advice.
Born in 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002 or 2014
The Year of the Pig will bring you a promising social and love life. Put as much energy as you can into work and you’ll see unlimited career opportunities unfold before you.
Born in 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 or 2015
While this year will herald in prosperity, it’s wise to not be too greedy or you could run into problems. Whether you’re single or have a partner, expect romance and deep love.
Born in 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 or 2016
People born in the year of the Monkey should keep their head clear this year to avoid risky investments or disagreements. Focus on upskilling and improving your communication.
Born in 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 or 2017
Being nimble and quick-thinking will be important for Roosters this year. Eliminate doubts and focus on productive action, like managing your investments and building on your experiences.
Born in 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 or 2018
While this year will bring you good money opportunities, you’ll need to be sensible about how to manage and protect this wealth. Be quick to make peace in any personal relationships.
Born in 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 or 2019
Look forward to new friends who will be drawn to your charismatic presence, but don’t expect to see major changes in your career. Spend and invest with due diligence for a smooth year.
Melbourne and Brisbane events for Chinese New Year
If you’re planning to celebrate Chinese New Year in February 2019, then Brisbane and Melbourne offer some of the most exuberant festivities blending the traditional and the modern.
In Brisbane, keep close to Chinatown Mall in Fortitude Valley to encounter roving lion dancers, stilt walkers and fire performers. The Lunar New Year Raceday at Doomben Racecourse on 16 February is set to include Asian food markets, dancing lions, Mongolian dancers and Beijing opera. Book Brisbane accommodation within the city centre so you can walk to the various events, and start your lunar year off right by foregoing stuffy Brisbane hotels for a spacious apartment.
In Melbourne, the action is centred in Chinatown along and around Little Bourke Street. The iconic Dai Loong Millennium Dragon parade here has been occurring since the 1830s, with a multitude of free events to find that are listed on Melbourne’s Chinese New Year website. There will also be events held throughout the inner suburbs, and of course – plenty of incredible yum cha restaurants! Melbourne accommodation and hotels can book out fast for this busy celebration, so be sure to reserve apartments in Melbourne’s CBD as soon as you can.