Chinese New Year: Year Of The Pig Celebrations Kick Off

Saul Bowman
February 6, 2019

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over.

The Chinese New Year will begin on Tuesday, marking the start of the Year of the Pig.

Chinese around the world will celebrate Lunar New Year on February 5 this year which marks the Year of the Pig on the Chinese zodiac.

But the celebrations were also a family event centred on "sharing food and having fun", he said. 2019 is the year of the Pig, while 2018 was the year of the Dog.

Real estate agents mount special marketing campaigns to sell apartments to Chinese visitors and retailers' sales of luxury goods rival the pre-Christmas rush.

People in China will welcome spring and what it brings along - planting and harvests, fresh starts and new beginnings. Shops, companies and government offices closed for the week.

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.

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

Celebrations will take place across the globe, from Southeast Asia's centuries-old Chinese communities to the more recently established Chinatowns of Sydney, London, Vancouver, Los Angeles and beyond.

Hu Mengwei, a Chinese martial arts performer at the celebration, said it was the first time she performed Bajiquan boxing on such a big occasion overseas, which made she so excited. Unlike the cheerful palette of red shades saturating the land for Chinese New Year, blue is the most dominant color during their festival-from the sky, sea, and on their camouflaged uniforms.

Parades and lion dances in Western cities such as NY and London were expected to draw large crowds.

Several cities welcomed the new year with fireworks to repel bad spirits.

Nevertheless, experts expect Chinese consumers to be more economical in their shopping compared to previous years due to caution over China's ongoing trade war with the United States. China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.

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