Island's Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Pig

Edmonton’s Chinese Catholic Parish celebrates the Year of the Pig

Edmonton’s Chinese Catholic Parish celebrates the Year of the Pig

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in China, and hundreds of millions of people travel to celebrate it with their families, making it the world's largest annual human migration. Lanterns evoking the pig, which is this year's zodiac symbol, are flying over Circular Quay and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra played a special concert at the Opera House.

Indeed, the festivity has become a "Chinese cultural brand" in Portugal, where celebrations are Europe's "most elaborate", according to the statement, which notes that five big events have taken place in the country since 2014.

The holiday in mainland China is marked by the biggest annual travel boom as hundreds of millions of people visit their home towns or travel overseas.

"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. "Peppa" will be making its Chinese debut one day earlier on the first day of the Year of the Pig.

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

Despite a slowing economy, more Chinese are travelling overseas during the holidays.

Hopefully, the above quotes will help bring you happiness as you welcome the year of the pig.

For Ken Lin, who works at Leezen in Charlottetown, the Lunar New Year is an opportunity to reflect.

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.

"I've been to the Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown, and have seen the dragon dance".

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