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Family focus for start of Year of the Pig

07 February, 2019, 04:37 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Edmonton’s Chinese Catholic Parish celebrates the Year of the

Actress Kim Chiu and her family welcomed the Year of the Pig with fireworks and a Chinese lion dance.

Most Chinese traditionally ring in the Lunar New Year, which is assigned one of 12 animals each year off the Chinese zodiac, with a family dinner the evening before.

Chinese New Year celebrations last year took place in over 140 countries and 500 cities.

Authorities expect there will be nearly three billion trips made during the so-called "Spring Festival", the 40-day period that started on January 21 and ends on March 1. It was 375,000 last year and Sydney tourism operators are counting on even more this year. Vendors sold toys branded with the British cartoon character Peppa Pig, which is enjoying a surge of popularity for the Year of the Pig.

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Real estate agents mount special marketing campaigns to sell apartments to Chinese visitors and retailers' sales of luxury goods rival the pre-Christmas rush. It will be celebrated for around two weeks.

In Yangzhou, China, tourist guides wear pig hats, hold Chinese knots and hang red lanterns to send New Year greetings to tourists at the Yangzhou Slender West Lake scenic area. There will also be a fortune teller game to provide answers on what could happen to you in the Year of the Pig, reports Food and Wine.

The holiday again witnessed the Chinese film market reaching unprecedented territory, with domestic films becoming smash hits around the country. People in China will welcome spring and what it brings along - planting and harvests, fresh starts and new beginnings.

Those born in the year of the Pig are best compatible with people born in the year of the Tiger, and least compatible with those born in the year of the Snake, according to Chinese legend. "Happy Chinese New Year!" The color red is prominent as a symbol of good luck. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese-Thai offers flowers after prayers at the Leng Nuei Yee Chinese temple for the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand. The phrase literally means "Happy New Year".

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