Year Of The Pig Celebrations Kick Off Chinese New Year In Colorado

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Lien Veyliang, the vice president of China's National Development and Reform Commission, said that they expected some 3 billion trips between January 21 and March 1.

The fast food chain will hand out red envelopes to customers on Tuesday, February 5 to usher in the Year of the Pig.

Across the United Kingdom, lanterns are being hung in Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and many of our other great cities - including here in London, home to one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia.

It is believed to be the most important meal of the year and millions of people are expected to be home to celebrate with their families. In Chinese astrology, each year belongs to a Chinese zodiac animal according to the 12-year cycle.

Real estate agents mount special marketing campaigns to sell apartments to Chinese visitors and retailers' sales of luxury goods rival the pre-Christmas rush.

In mainland China over the past week, hundreds of millions of people have been cramming into trains, buses, cars and planes to reach family and friends in the world's largest annual migration, emptying the country's megacities of much of the migrant workforce. Shops, companies and government offices closed for the week. The Chinese New Year concludes with a Lantern Festival, which begins on February 16 and concludes when the New Year ends on the 19th.

In Yangzhou, China, tourist guides wear pig hats, hold Chinese knots and hang red lanterns to send New Year greetings to tourists at the Yangzhou Slender West Lake scenic area.

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

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.

The world's most popular pink, British pig is getting her own movie - in Chinese!

Parades and lion dances in Western cities such as NY and London were expected to draw large crowds. We won't see it again until 2031 after this year! Mainland authorities have always been accused by critics and minorities of pushing Mandarin at the expense of other languages.

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