The Year of the Pig is upon us!
Actress Kim Chiu and her family welcomed the Year of the Pig with fireworks and a Chinese lion dance. And recent years have seen Chinese kids co-opting British cartoon character Peppa Pig as their new idol.
Another part of the festivities is "hongbao" or red envelopes containing money, which are given to family and friends.
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important date in the year for Chinese people and has gained in inportance worldwide as China's influence spreads and cultural exchange increases, China's ambassador in Portugal said in a statement.
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In London, lanterns are hung in Chinatown ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations, a celebration marking the start of a New Moon and Spring. People around the world will be celebrating the start of the Year of Pig on February 5th this year in the Chinese lunar calendar.
"On the eve of Chinese New Year, our whole big family has dinner together, then my grandparents prepare a bowl of food for the "Kitchen God", which we bring home and put on the stove", said Qian. On Jan 1? You know, New Year's Day?
When midnight passes, people go to a local temple to burn the new year's first essence, and ring the bell, praying for health and the safety of their families.
The film, which will be subtitled in English, will screen in areas with high concentrations of Chinese-American consumers such as Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.
The reason it falls on this date is because it coincides with the lunar new year - the start of a new moon.