Born under a bad sign, ‘unlucky’ Chinese-Thais flock to temple

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An unidentified woman born in one of four “unlucky” years of the Chinese zodiac buys a coffin at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation to donate to someone deceased without a family and to make merit and ward off bad luck in 2019.
An unidentified woman born in one of four “unlucky” years of the Chinese zodiac buys a coffin at the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation to donate to someone deceased without a family and to make merit and ward off bad luck in 2019.

People born in four “unlucky” years of the Chinese zodiac flocked to the Sawang Boriboon Thammasathan Foundation for new year’s to change their fortunes.

People born during the years of the snake, pig, monkey and pig (2019’s mascot), came to the Chinese-Thai non-profit to buy coffins to donate to dead people without families Jan. 2. The gesture is seen as making merit that wards off bad luck in 2019 for the “unlucky” zodiac signs and pays homage to eight Chinese deities.

The foundation did its part by opening more parking spaces for coffin buyers and performing a “galo” ceremony to ward off bad fortune.

The galo ceremony pays respect to the Tai Sui Ye god of the year, who will shine light on demons from that year to ward off bad luck and bring prosperity.

According to soothsayers, the chances 2019 will be an unlucky year for people born in the Year of the Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013) are 100 percent.

For those born in the Year of the Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016) the chances of misfortune are 50 percent, as they are for those born in the Year of the Tiger (1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010).

This year’s odds of bad luck are 75 percent for those born under this year’s zodiac, the pig (1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019).