Each year, following the first new moon, people around the world gather to celebrate the Chinese New Year with opulent festivals and parties. Each year corresponds to one of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, and this year happens to be the year of the pig, a symbol of wealth and fortune.

For your clients, there’s no better way to celebrate the year of the pig than with some Chinese New Year nail art. So in preparation for February 5, practice these inspired designs and get ready to create some stunning nail art.

This Little Piggy

In a nod to this lunar year’s animal, craft little pigs using the nail shape as the base for the face. Use acrylic to create the ears and nose, and make shining eyes out of rhinestones. For some extra flair, mix textures and colors on the adjacent nails, and be sure to finish each nail with a glossy topcoat.

Flip the Script

Celebrate Chinese culture by hand-painting script characters onto the nails with a fine, precise brush. Start with a red, black or gold polish as a base color, and use acrylic paints with a metallic finish to complete the lettering. Given the complexity of this logographic script, it’s a good idea to learn more about the history and variation of this language beforehand. When it comes to honoring the culture, research can go a long way.

Brighten It Up

For the client who wants to celebrate Chinese New Year but prefers simpler nail designs, introduce them to a kumquat-colored nail polish. In Chinese culture, the bright, yellow-toned tangerine shade represents wealth and fortune, befitting the spirit of the year of the pig. Fashion the perfect manicure by curing two gel coats and finishing with a shiny topcoat. To go the extra mile, use acrylic paints to create a kumquat print on top.

Let Your Art Blossom

Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, so why not celebrate the end of cold days with some floral-inspired nail art? Peonies symbolize riches and peace, and azaleas represent happiness and harmony. If your client wants to invite some luxury into their life this year, paint an orchid, and for some luck and strength, paint a bamboo stalk. Design festive floral prints using acrylic paints, and cover them with a good topcoat.

From youthful, pig-embellished nails to sophisticated floral prints, there is a Chinese New Year nail art option for nearly everyone. Incorporate your client’s wishes to craft an eye-catching look that is sure to be a conversation piece — and hopefully a learning experience about a historical holiday, too.