The lunar calendar is based on cycles of lunar phases, although most of the lunar calendars are actually lunisolar calendars. This means that the calendar months correspond to lunar cycles; however, intercalary months are occasionally added to harmonize these cycles with the solar year. Among these calendars are Chinese, Hebrew and Hindu calendars, as well as most calendar systems used in ancient times. Lunar calendars differ according to which day the month begins.
In the Chinese calendar, the first day is astronomically determined by the conjunction of the Sun and the Moon in the Chinese time zone.
Chinese Zodiac belongs to the oldest known astrological systems. It consists of 12 signs, each of which rules over one lunar year. These zodiac signs bear the names of animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig). In addition to the basic signs, elements are also quite important in Chinese horoscope: wood, metal, water, fire and earth. Chinese astrology is based on the knowledge of ancient astronomers and the traditional Chinese calendar. It is also associated with ancient teachings about three harmonies – heaven, earth and water, Wu Xing teachings, Yin and Yang, five planets, 10 celestial streams and 12 earth branches, etc.
According to the lunar horoscope, 2019 is the year of the Pig and it begins on February 5th. Persons born under this zodiac sign are hard-working, compassionate and generous. They have excellent concentration abilities, and once they have set their goal, they will invest all of their energy to achieve it. They rarely seek help from other people, but are very willing to help. When faced with problems, Pigs will solve them carefully, no matter how big the problem was. Pigs have a very strong sense of responsibility, which makes them complete everything they start.
According to the lunar zodiac, 2019 will be the year of wealth and happiness. This year shall be full of joy, excellent for acquiring assets and investing, the year of friendship and love for all signs of the zodiac; it shall be a fertile year because the Pig attracts success in all spheres of life.
Artistic realization: MA Boban Savić, academic painter.