This are the highlights of the Chinese New Year Celebration on February 3, 2019.

In 1986, the tradition of commemorating and celebrating the Chinese New Year began as a suggestion by the promotor Andés Yanomé. That year, Gian Franco Brignone launched the first celebration for the Year of the Fire Tiger, considered to be one of the most powerful and prominent signs of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs.

Based on the lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year is celebrated during the first new moon of spring - explaining why there is not an exact day to commemorate it like the western celebration of New Year’s. The arrival of the animal of the Chinese horoscope sets the beginning of the Chinese spring and opens the season of several festivals that wish to attract good fortune for the year.

Year after year, a Mexican jorongo(poncho) made by artisans utilizing colored thread symbolizing the fortune of the zodiacal sign, is given as a present to the guests attending the event born in the years of that specific animal.

The years of the boar are: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019 and in Careyes 21 boars were celebrated this year!

The boar is considered to be the most generous and honest animal of the Chinese horoscope because they are tolerant, faithful, understanding, and idealistic beings. In the Chinese culture, the boar is associated with fertility and virility and people who were born under this sign are considered to be very lucky, happy, and honored throughout life.