Lunar New Year welcomes the year of the pig

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The firecrackers have fuses wrapped in red paper in celebration of the festival.

Chinese communities around the world welcome the Year of the Pig beginning Tuesday, ushering in the Lunar New Year with family feasts and shopping sprees. "And if the Lunar New Year will do it, why not?" It has been celebrated for more than 4,000 years. "I hope they can tighten the policy further in the Year of the Pig", another wrote.

In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, women take a selfie near a tree decorated with red lanterns ahead of the Lunar New Year at Ditan Park in Beijing. That cleaning stopped with the start of the new year for fear of driving good luck out.

"The Chinese New Year falls on the first day of the first month in the lunar calendar", Jianguo Chen, associate professor of Chinese at the University of DE, told Live Science. "Wishing you a very happy Chinese New Year".

In the early hours into the Lunar New Year celebration, five people were killed due to an explosion of fireworks in Rongan county in China's southern region of Guangxi.

The railway ministry forecast mainland travelers would make 413 million trips during the three-week period around the holiday.

The festival will be held at the Point Cook Town Centre on Saturday, February 16, from noon to dusk, when a display of fireworks will be held at the Dunnings Street Oval.

It's a legacy and a contribution that I celebrated here at Downing Street last week, bringing together leading figures from across our Chinese community - people without whom the United Kingdom would not be the successful, dynamic country it is today.

In Bangkok, people lit incense sticks and burned paper money and other symbolic offerings for deceased relatives despite government appeals to avoid contributing to smog.

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.

In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, visitors left bouquets of flowers at statues of former leaders Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il.