Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Crowds flock to celebrate Chinese Year of the Pig

Crowds flock to celebrate Chinese Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year was normally a family affair, and Dunedin's celebrations were a good chance to get together and enjoy the fun, she said.

People walk inside a Chinese temple during the celebration of the Lunar New Year in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand.

These temporary capacity reductions have been relatively successful.

The Chinese begin the year with ancestral traditions - a combination of superstitions and customs - with the aim to ward off misfortunes and bring good luck, prosperity and abundance.

The New Year's Eve dinner is considered an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual "reunion dinner".

In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, women take a selfie near a tree decorated with red lanterns ahead of the Lunar New Year at Ditan Park in Beijing.

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Those born in "pig" years were considered kind, generous, magnanimous, warm-hearted and considerate, and were leaders, he said.

The cartoon's focus on family values has resonated with Chinese parents, said Ms Li Xin as she bought a Peppa toy for her four-year-old at a Beijing store.

One of the 12 animal zodiac signs related to the Chinese New Year, the pig is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and being hardworking. The film will be playing in 65 theaters across the country mainly in cities with large Chinese populations like New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig on the Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. Throughout China, the holiday season, also known as chunjie, lasts for more than two weeks.

This year it will be the year of the pig.

On Jan. 8 in the lunar year, households ignite firecrackers to welcome the "fortune god" to their home, according to Qian.

It is also the most important holiday in Vietnam, where it is celebrated as Tet.

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