Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Chinese New Year: Year Of The Pig Celebrations Kick Off

Chinese New Year: Year Of The Pig Celebrations Kick Off

When word got out that Lego was releasing two Chinese New Year-themed sets we were elated; but before we could get our hands on it, the sets flew off the shelves.

Several hundred people gathered in the Octagon to watch dragon dancing, before parading down Princes St and through Queens Gardens to the Dunedin Chinese Garden.

To welcome the year of the pig, below is our collection of happy Chinese Lunar New Year quotes, wishes, and greetings, collected from a variety of sources.

A blue Spring Festival can bring out the blues.

The color red dominated the celebrations - on lanterns, clothes and signs. There will also be a fortune teller game to provide answers on what could happen to you in the Year of the Pig, reports Food and Wine.

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

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If you are lucky enough to be born in the year of the pig you are believed to be optimistic, enthusiastic and hardworking.

Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of the Pig on Tuesday, ushering in the Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees.

Evidently, Peppa the Pig's brilliant branding campaign in China has been so successful that even the People's Liberation Army is using the cartoon character to represent the upcoming Year of the Pig. Chinese New Year is marked by the first new moon that appears between the 21st of January and the 20th of February. That cleaning stopped with the start of the new year for fear of driving good luck out.

In an Instagram post, the Filipino-Chinese beauty posted photos of her family, mostly wearing red as they celebrated the Chinese New Year. (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.

Eating lobster on the holiday is known to symbolize a prosperous year ahead and the one-of-a-kind dish features a 2-pound crispy ME lobster (2lb) with Chinese fried rice, house-made lap cheong (sausage), and shiso chili vinegar served with 4-foot-long chopsticks.

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