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Celebrate the Year of the Pig with a new piggy bank

When the Chinese Lunar New Year begins on Feb. 5, it will usher in the Year of the Pig, the last sign of the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle and according to Jessie Kim, founder of Los Angeles-based Ms. Feng Shui, an auspicious year for reflecting on the past and preparing for the future.

“This is the perfect time to carry out an in-depth review of the past year and build energy for the next, new cycle in 2020,” said Kim.

It is also believed to be a lucky lunar cycle inclined to bring prosperity and wealth.

“Throughout the year of the Earth Pig, the energy is joyous,” said Kim, “but we need to be more conscious of money management. It’s a good year to keep our friends and family close, and a good time to put an end to any toxic relationships.”

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Quick primer: Unlike the 12 zodiac signs in Western astrology that correspond to the month of your birth, Chinese zodiac signs are instead assigned to the year.

People born in the Year of the Pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019) are believed to be blessed with a winning personality and good fortune.

Kim said people born under this sign are also usually hard-working, realistic types who get things done with energy and enthusiasm.

Think: work hard, play hard.

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To celebrate the piggy promises of the year ahead we have rounded up a passel of swine-inspired style that includes everything from salt and pepper shakers and a pig-shaped credenza to cups, bowls and a charcuterie platter aimed at helping your home go hog wild.

Go ahead, pig out.

Bonnie McCarthy contributes to the Los Angeles Times as a home and lifestyle design writer. She enjoys scouting for directional trends and reporting on what’s new and next. Follow her on Twitter @ThsAmericanHome

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