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Chinese Year of Pig marked with celebrations across country

Chinese Year of Pig marked with celebrations across country

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar and it's an occasion for families to gather for intimate dinners and welcome the last of the Chinese zodiac's signs, the pig.

A new film titled Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year is being released on the first day of the holiday.

Over the centuries, the Sheng Xiao also has been adopted in many Asian countries, from Japan, S. Korea, and Mongolia, to Vietnam and Thailand.

The Year of the Pig signals a more relaxed time ahead, 'Not busy like a monkey or a cow year.

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

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The family reunions in China mean that millions of people return to their cities of origin. Shops, companies and government offices closed for the week.

The courageous men and women crewing the Chinese naval escort fleet curtailing piracy and escorting civilian ships in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia, embrace festivities for the New Year in their own way-far away from home. Fireworks are forbidden (because they are a fire hazard), families stay at home and watch the Chinese New Year gala on TV, while some adults play Mahjong. That cleaning stopped with the start of the new year for fear of driving good luck out. People around the world will be celebrating the start of the Year of Pig on February 5th this year in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Worshippers stood in line for hours at Hong Kong's Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the new year by lighting incense.

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Taiwan's president Tsai Ing-wen used her social media accounts to deliver a political sideswipe at Beijing with a message highlighting the island's democratic credentials and linguistic pluralism. We've also seen games like Overwatch and Hearthstone get involved with the festivities too. Relations between Taipei and Beijing have had a rocky start to 2019 after Xi Jinping delivered a bellicose speech last month describing the island's unification with the mainland as "inevitable".


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