Ringing in the Chinese Lunar New Year 2019

Edmonton’s Chinese Catholic Parish celebrates the Year of the

It will be celebrated for around two weeks.

China has a week's public holiday so people have time to observe the tradition.

Today is the first day of the Year of the Pig according to the Chinese lunar calendar. There are intimate dinners and get-togethers. It's all bright and colourful. Many Asian families cleaned and decorate their homes to sweep out last year's bad luck.

Naturally, this date changes each year, but it will always fall sometime between January 21 and February 20.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday extended his warm wishes for the Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival. 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.

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

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The family reunions in China mean that millions of people return to their cities of origin.

The streets of Beijing and other major Chinese cities were quiet and empty after millions of people left to visit relatives or travel overseas during the year's biggest family holiday. People in China will welcome spring and what it brings along - planting and harvests, fresh starts and new beginnings.

In the last few years, with a boom in payments made by mobile phone, "hongbaos" are now also sent through applications such as WeChat (similar to WhatsApp).

"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. In this period, throwing out the garbage isn't allowed before the 5th.

On Sunday, Feb. 17, the Original Farmers Market and the Grove will have a full-day program of live musical performances with traditional Chinese instruments - guzheng, pipa and flute - as well as dumpling classes Limited dumpling samples from Farmers Market Chinese restaurants China Depot and Peking Kitchen will be available after the demo. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese-Thai offers flowers after prayers at the Leng Nuei Yee Chinese temple for the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand.

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