Island's Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Pig

Island's Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Pig

Island's Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Pig

The Chinese New Year will begin on Tuesday, marking the start of the Year of the Pig.

The Lunar New Year holiday, now firmly entrenched in the shipping calendar, sees factories shutdown as families from all over the country reunite during a week-long rest from work.

These temporary capacity reductions have been relatively successful.

But the celebrations were also a family event centred on "sharing food and having fun", he said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta joined the people of China in celebrating the Chinese New Year by sending an exclusive message. This year, the streets are filled with attractive lanterns and bright decorations to mark the holiday. 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.

The cartoon's focus on family values has resonated with Chinese parents, said Ms Li Xin as she bought a Peppa toy for her four-year-old at a Beijing store.

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According to Chinese tradition, the pig is the last animal in the 12-year zodiac cycle and its year is considered to be a time for reflecting on the past in order to get ready for a new cycle.

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 year the southwestern megacity of Chongqing became the latest municipality to tighten its curbs on firecrackers by introducing a total ban after the practice was blamed for causing 410 injuries and starting 36 fires in recent years, the news platform 163.com reported.

This year it will be the year of the pig.

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, photo, Muslim women take a selfie at a shop selling Lunar New Year decorations in the Chinatown area of Jakarta, Indonesia.

It is also the most important holiday in Vietnam, where it is celebrated as Tet.

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