Today is the kick off of the Chinese New Year. Each year corresponds to one of 12 different animals on the Chinese zodiac-- this time round it's the Year of the Pig. While it's considered lucky to born in a pig year, Asian feng shui specialists are warning that epidemics, natural disasters and violence will be on the rise this year. Pig years can be filled with turmoil because they are associated with the conflicting elements of fire and water, one of the experts told the AP. Read more here(1).