Family focus for start of Year of the Pig

Credit Entertainment One

Credit Entertainment One

People from all walks of life will be gathering to eat copious amounts of food, watch spectacular firework displays and hang red lanterns.

"The Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the first month in the lunar calendar", Jianguo Chen, associate professor of Chinese at the University of DE, told Live Science.

"No matter how hard it gets to find tickets, we need to spend the Chinese new year together [with family]".

It begins today, February 5 and lasts until Tuesday, February 19.

Tens of thousands of people lined the balmy streets along Tsim Sha Tsui to catch a glimpse of the annual Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Night Parade.

"In Taiwan we are able to maintain our cultural traditions", she said in a video in which she delivered the traditional new year greeting in five Chinese languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka, Teochew and Cantonese. After the cycle of the 12 animals is complete, it starts over again.

These are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

A spokesman for Entertainment One - the Canadian media company that now produces the series - told Agence France-Presse that in the past year, more than half a million fake Peppa Pig items were seized and tens of thousands of online sale posts taken down. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, photo, vendors carrying pig-shaped balloons for sale to mark the Lunar New Year in Hanoi, Vietnam.

In the Japanese and Tibetan zodiac, the pig is replaced by the boar.

According to traditional and contemporary Chinese culture, one must wear a red colour during the festivities as it symbolises prosperity and happiness. The Pig was also the Zodiac symbol for the years of 1935, 1947, 1959, 1983, 1995 and 2007.

Thos born in these years are diligent, compassionate and generous. They have great concentration: Once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it.

Pigs are generally believed to be relatively calm when facing trouble.

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