Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig IN PICTURES

Chinese New Year 2019: The Year of the Pig IN PICTURES

STX Entertainment has teamed up with the Chinese film company, Alibaba Pictures, to distribute "Peppa Celebrates Chinese New Year" in the USA on February 6. The popular short video Tik Tok had even gone so far as to ban the popular children's cartoon character after fans spawned countless memes and parodies, often of a dark, graphic, or sexually suggestive nature. All the people are out on the roads to celebrate the occasion.

But the Year of the Pig signals a more relaxed year ahead, "Not busy like a monkey or a cow year". The phrase literally means "Happy New Year".

While China's importance as a customer for Australian iron ore and coal show up in the trade statistics, now is the one time of year when Australia's economic reliance on China's success is most obvious on Sydney's streets. It will be celebrated for around two weeks.

"This would be a good time to take a look at the past year for the good things that happened or some of the things I need to improve on and some of the goals for the future", Lin said.

The holiday also attracts extraordinary numbers of Chinese tourists from overseas.


But Tina Mei Chen, Director of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural Community Centre, says there's more to the lunar calendar than just the dozen animals marking each year.

This year is the Year of the Pig.

Performers rehearse a re-enactment of a Chinese New Year Qing Dynasty ceremony at the Temple of Earth in Ditan Park in Beijing on February 4, 2019. The meals typically include a whole chicken, a whole fish, pork, noodles, spring rolls and dumplings, whose shape resembles ancient Chinese gold ingot currency.

Qian's hometown, Suzhou in the Southern China, uses many traditional Chinese New Year customs from the region.

Another part of the festivities is "hongbao" or red envelopes containing money, which are given to family and friends.

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