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China welcomes 'Year of the Pig'

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Leonard Rios | 07 February, 2019, 04:37

Firecrackers also worsen the country's notorious air pollution problems, and last year air quality across the country was recorded to have worsened on four days of the Lunar New Year holiday. A pig represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity, symbolising a hard working, a peace-loving person, a truthful, generous, indulgent, patient, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, sociable person with a large sense of humour and understanding.

Authorities expect there will be nearly three billion trips made during the so-called "Spring Festival", the 40-day period that started on January 21 and ends on March 1. The New Year greeting in Chinese is "xin nian kuai le".

A blue Spring Festival can bring out the blues.

The growing popularity of the celebrations was a sign of deepening ties between the two countries, as well as a recognition of historic links.

"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.

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- Panda Express is celebrating the start of the Lunar New Year with free food. And housewares giant Williams Sonoma has a slew of Lunar New Year dishware and its website offers a set of nine "Year of the Pig" cupcakes for $80.

Qian's hometown, Suzhou in the Southern China, uses many traditional Chinese New Year customs from the region. In China, they have public holidays for an entire week and people enjoy it to the fullest.

The New Year's Eve dinner is considered an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual "reunion dinner". The pig is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and be hardworking. The property says it will randomly distribute red envelopes filled with chocolate gold coins and surprise $10 gift cards to anyone in attendance while supplies last.

"I think this is the most important thing for Chinese families", said Richard Yu, owner of Topfresh Asian grocery in Charlottetown.

But Ma does miss the tradition of making dumplings with her families during Chinese New Year. The phrase literally means "Happy New Year".

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