New Year Pigs

Hungarian for “Happy New Year.” As if that’s the hardest thing to translate…

You’re gonna see a lot of pigs on the New Year cards. They’ll stop seeming weird after the first twenty or so, I promise. There’s a lot of clover and mushrooms, too. (Not to be confused with Christmas mushrooms, which are another thing altogether and ENTIRELY 100% PROOF OF EVERYTHING THIS SITE WANTS YOU TO BELIEVE! Don’t let rationality get in the way of a cool idea.)

The mushrooms aren’t about tripping. Or not ONLY about tripping.


But I digress.

It’s not that weird when you know the history. In a lot of Teutonic (old German) and Scandinavian traditions, pigs represent good luck and prosperity. That’s why you’ll see them with four leaf clovers and a lot of bags of gold or coins. The idea is basically wishing you a prosperous new year.

Why does only one wear clothes? We may never know.

But…that didn’t stop the card artists from just going hog-wild on the odd things that pigs can do in these cards. Sometimes, it seems downright UNlucky.

This is obviously on a farm, and they’re getting drunk for the slaughter.

In some cases, I’m just glad that it’s the artists who were drinking instead of the pigs, because otherwise, where would we see a gnome playing on a see-saw with a piglet?

WE’RE the lucky ones!

A lot of spilled money, too. I guess that’s a sign of excess but also seems…careless.

Dammit, kid, have a care!

Some are downright threatening, though.

Go all in. I dare you.

Some make me want to purge and purge and purge until I’m eternally clean…

Now…where did those coins come from?

Pigs. Enjoy your New Year Pigs.

I like to imagine how this card would smell.

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