Asia welcomes Year of the Pig with banquets, temple visits

Credit Entertainment One

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The Lunar New Year holiday, now firmly entrenched in the shipping calendar, sees factories shutdown as families from all over the country reunite during a week-long rest from work. Vendors sold toys branded with the British cartoon character Peppa Pig, which is enjoying a surge of popularity for the Year of the Pig.

Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore. Children receive red envelopes filled with money for good luck.

During the Spring Festival season - a 40-day period known as "Chunyun" - China's masses will be on the move, chalking up some three billion journeys, Chinese state media reported.

President Donald Trump also issued a statement celebrating the holiday, lauding it as "an opportunity for All Americans to honor the important contribution [people of Asian descent] have made to the story of American greatness".

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.

She is shown in the video visiting dried seafood and flower shops in Sheung Wan, extending early Lunar New Year greetings to the people, exchanging good wishes with them, and posing for pictures with some citizens.

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.

There's still time to get to Hong Kong to celebrate the Year of the Pig, or you could head to Manchester instead.

Despite a slowing economy, more Chinese are travelling overseas during the holidays. Chinese New Year is marked by the first new moon that appears between the 21st of January and the 20th of February.

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.

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