China on Tuesday welcomed the Lunar New Year in which the "carefree and generous" pig, the 12th symbol of the Chinese horoscope, replaces the "cheerful but non-conformist" dog. In Chinese astrology, each year belongs to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle.
Chinese set off billions of fireworks to celebrate the new year. Children receive red envelopes filled with money for good luck.
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The holiday also attracts extraordinary numbers of Chinese tourists from overseas. Today's "Google Doodle" celebrates both the Year of the Pig and the ancient art of shadow puppetry, which plays a role in new year celebrations. On Jan 1? You know, New Year's Day?
The 5th marks the start of the Spring Festival, a 15-day event celebrated with traditional foods - a time for families to come together and enjoy a feast.
At a temple in Beijing, the celebration was more sedate, as crowds lined up to pray and burn incense. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, two divers perform an underwater Chinese Lion Dance ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations at Aquaria KLCC underwater park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Tens of thousands of people lined the balmy streets along Tsim Sha Tsui to catch a glimpse of the annual Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Night Parade.
Parades and lion dances in Western cities such as NY and London were expected to draw large crowds.
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"In Taiwan we are able to maintain our cultural traditions", she said in a video in which she delivered the traditional new year greeting in five Chinese languages: Mandarin, Taiwanese, Hakka, Teochew and Cantonese.