In some European countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, pigs represent good luck, so it is customary to gift a piggy bank as a symbol of prosperity. During New Years, it is also a tradition to exchange "lucky pigs" made of marzipan, chocolate, wood or porcelain. Piggy banks are also an important part of Chinese culture. In the Chinese zodiac, the pig is the symbol of wealth and prosperity, and it is believed that gifting a piggy bank will bring good luck and wealth to the recipient. A piggy bank is also seen as a practical gift, as it encourages saving and financial responsibility, which are important values in Chinese culture.
Throughout the origins and cultural significance of civilization, the practical purpose of the piggy bank has stood the test of time - namely, to encourage people to save money.
With the rise of digital banking and cashless transactions, the act of actually depositing money in a piggy bank may seem a bit pass. However, the fundamentals of saving are as important as ever.