The Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, began on Tuesday, ringing in the Year of the Pig in 2019.

The pig is the final of 12 signs in the Chinese Zodiac.

According to a Chinese travel website:

"Pig is not thought to be a smart animal in China. It likes sleeping and eating and becomes fat. Thus it usually features laziness and clumsiness. On the positive side, it behaves itself, has no plan to harm others, and can bring affluence to people. Consequently, it has been regarded as wealth."

Experts say pigs "represent wealth and treasure" because of how important they are to agriculture. According to the South China Morning Post, people born in the Year of the Pig are considered realistic, pragmatic and decisive. They're also "easy-going and popular" but can be naive, short-tempered and easily taken advantage of by friends, and they tend to be materialistic but they "do like to enjoy life." Other pig years include 1223, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995 and 2007. The next pig year is 2031.

The Chinese New Year festival will run 15 days, ending on the Lantern Festival on Feb. 19, though people in China get seven days off work to observe the holiday, from Feb. 4 to Feb. 10.