Published: Wed, February 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

PM's Chinese New Year video message 2019

PM's Chinese New Year video message 2019

Crustacean Beverly Hills, from House of AN's master chef Helene An, will introduce its first Lunar New Year menu available from February 5-8, featuring traditional dishes that represent good luck and prosperity, including an eight-hour massaged suckling pig. Legend holds that people born in the year of the Pig are sincere, good-natured and honest, according to Google.

Lion and dragon dancing will be included in this year's festival, which will celebrate the Year of the Pig.

People are bidding farewell to the Year of the Dog in the 12-year Chinese astrological cycle and welcoming the Year of the Pig with hopes of happiness and good fortune.

A spokesman for Entertainment One - the Canadian media company that now produces the series - told Agence France-Presse that in the past year, more than half a million fake Peppa Pig items were seized and tens of thousands of online sale posts taken down. The dates of the Lunar New Year are determined by the lunisolar Chinese calendar.

Many rituals including spring-cleaning homes, decorating streets and hosting large family banquets on New Year's Eve are common practice.

Chinese communities worldwide are today ushering in the lunar new year. It has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. It also commences the Spring in the country.

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

In Xi'an, China an aerial view of a light show can be seen to celebrate the Spring Festival on February 3, 2019.

To welcome the year of the pig, below is our collection of happy Chinese Lunar New Year quotes, wishes, and greetings, collected from a variety of sources.

The holiday also attracts extraordinary numbers of Chinese tourists from overseas.

"My wishes for new year are a promotion, a raise and finding a boyfriend", said a spectator, Cui Di, a 28-year-old employee of a foreign company.

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