10 magical ways to celebrate Chinese New Year - here and overseas

Feb 06, 2019, 01:57
10 magical ways to celebrate Chinese New Year - here and overseas

As one of China's most ubiquitous domestic animals, it has always been an essential part of the country's culture.

In homes and in shops, cute pig dolls were displayed for the festival, which is also celebrated in Vietnam and by ethnic Chinese communities across Asia.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig, following the Year of the Earth Dog in 2018.

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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In China, the festivities are known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year and lasts for 15 days.

Streets were uncharacteristically empty in Beijing on Monday, with many shops and restaurants closed until next week but a growing number of Chinese are also choosing to travel overseas during the holiday period.

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.

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

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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. Today's "Google Doodle" celebrates both the Year of the Pig and the ancient art of shadow puppetry, which plays a role in new year celebrations.

Buddhists believers light candles during celebrations to mark the Year of the Pig at the Jogye temple in South Korea.

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. 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. Mainland authorities have always been accused by critics and minorities of pushing Mandarin at the expense of other languages.

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