Happy Chinese New Year!


Happy Year of the Boar! or Pig!

It's the Spring Festival, which is a seven-day public holiday in the the People's Republic of China. The Lunar New Year is called Seollal in Korea and Tet in Vietnam.


Those born in the Year of the Pig are considered extra-lucky. If your birthday falls within these date ranges, you're likely to be honest, friendly and tolerant.

* 30 January 1911 - 17 February 1912: Metal Boar
* 16 February 1923 - 4 February 1924: Water Boar
* 4 February 1935 - 23 January 1936: Wood Boar
* 22 January 1947 - 9 February 1948: Golden Boar

* 8 February 1959 - 27 January 1960: Earth Boar

* 27 January 1971 - 14 February 1972: Metal Boar
* 13 February 1983 - 1 February 1984: Water Boar
* 31 January 1995 - 18 February 1996: Wood Boar
* 18 February 2007 - 6 February 2008: Golden Boar (make babies!)


Notice the elemental signs?


FAMOUS CELEBRITIES BORN IN THE YEAR OF THE BOAR

* Alfred Hitchcock, British film maker
* Andrew Jackson, 7th US President
* Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California
* Billie Joe Armstrong, musician
* Bryan Adams, singer
* Carlos Santana, musician
* Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese leader
* David Letterman, talk show host
* Elton John, singer
* Ernest Hemingway, writer
* Ewan McGregor, actor
* Flavor Flav, rapper
* Henry Ford, inventor
* Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Senator
* Humphrey Bogart, actor
* Jack Ruby, assassin
* Jada Pinkett Smith, actress
* James Buchanan, 15th US President
* Jerry Lee Lewis, singer
* Johnny Knoxville, actor
* Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball player
* Ken Watanabe, actor
* Kevin Spacey, actor
* Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first Prime Minister
* Lee Remick, actress
* Leonhard Euler, mathematician
* Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez, rapper and singer
* Lucille Ball, actress and comedian
* Magic Johnson, basketball player
* Missy Elliott, rapper and singer
* Morrissey, singer
* Rachel Weisz, actress
* Rob Corddry, actor and comedian
* Ronald Reagan, 40th US President
* Sasha Baron Cohen, British comedian
* Snoop Dogg, American rapper
* Tenzin Gyatso, Dalai Lama
* Thomas Jefferson, 3rd US President
* Tracey Ullman, comedienne
* Tupac Shakur, rapper
* Winona Ryder, actress
* Woody Allen, writer, director