Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

Chinese communities around world welcome Year of the Pig

The Year of the Pig officially begins on February 5, and the Island's Chinese community has been preparing for the Lunar New Year.

Better still, Chinese New Year is a season, not a single day - celebrations.

Finally, Lam said: "This year is the Year of the Pig". February 5 officially marks the 2019 Chinese New Year, and we've rounded up everything you need to know about the big day right here. Children receive red envelopes filled with money for good luck.

This Spring Festival ushers in the Year of the Pig, the last in the cycle of 12 animals presiding over China's time-honored zodiac.

Celebrations in major Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai were more quiet than usual after authorities previous year banned fireworks due to pollution and safety concerns. Today's "Google Doodle" celebrates both the Year of the Pig and the ancient art of shadow puppetry, which plays a role in new year celebrations.

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But as with Yu, the Lunar New Year is all about family for Lin.

When midnight passes, people go to a local temple to burn the new year's first essence, and ring the bell, praying for health and the safety of their families.

A growing number of Chinese are also choosing to travel overseas, booking family trips to Thailand, Japan, and other top destinations.

Chinatown New York sees crowds rushing to buy flowers in preparation to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Parades and lion dances in Western cities such as NY and London were expected to draw large crowds. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian) In this Sunday, Feb.3, 2019, photo, a woman takes a souvenir photo of her family posing in front of red lanterns on display at the Longtan Park for a temple fair ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing.

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