Lunar New Year welcomes the year of the pig

Charlene Craig
February 6, 2019

In an Instagram post, the Filipino-Chinese beauty posted photos of her family, mostly wearing red as they celebrated the Chinese New Year. There will be crafts in the plaza with a Chinese calligraphy demo, the art of fan-making, and pig lantern-making with Art 2 Go.

So wherever and however you are celebrating, let me wish you a very happy new year, and a prosperous and auspicious Year of the Pig. The year of the pig is seen as the final animal of the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac and follows on from the year of the dog.

Thousands of incense-carrying petitioners crammed into the city's famous Wong Tai Sin temple overnight, a popular location to mark the first prayers of the New Year.

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There are New Year Flower markets.

The fearless men and women crewing the Chinese naval escort fleet curtailing piracy and escorting civilian ships in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia, embrace festivities for the New Year in their own way-far away from home. This practice is a tradition left over from older days when there wasn't enough food for families, who hoped for more food in the coming year. "The pig in Chinese culture is a symbol of wealth and good fortune".

Another part of the festivities is "hongbao" or red envelopes containing money, which are given to family and friends.

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People in China will welcome spring and what it brings along - planting and harvests, fresh starts and new beginnings. When you turn the handle, you can create your own dragon dance routine, while beatboxing to your own Chinese New Year tunes (this is optional).

"In this new year, let us join hands to build a peaceful and prosperous world for all, leaving no one behind", he said.

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over.

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