Chinese Lunar New Year Quotes Celebrating The Year of the Pig (2019)

Hugh Fox
February 6, 2019

Better still, Chinese New Year is a season, not a single day - celebrations.

"No matter how gangster Peppa Pig becomes, it can not be allowed to destroy children's youth (or) break rules", an editorial in the People's Daily said last April.

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

The 12-year cycle culminates in the Chinese zodiac sign of the Pig, a symbol of prosperity in Asian culture. As one of China's most ubiquitous domestic animals, it has always been an essential part of the country's culture. It was 375,000 last year and Sydney tourism operators are counting on even more this year.

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But Tina Mei Chen, Director of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural Community Centre, says there's more to the lunar calendar than just the dozen animals marking each year.

Also known as the Spring Festival, the holiday marks the end of the coldest days.

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

Performers rehearse a re-enactment of a Chinese New Year Qing Dynasty ceremony at the Temple of Earth in Ditan Park in Beijing on February 4, 2019. In this tradition, children receive money in red envelopes.

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In London, lanterns are hung in Chinatown ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations, a celebration marking the start of a New Moon and Spring. "Happy Chinese New Year!"

Beijing-friendly figures such as Pakistani President Arif Alvi and Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen extended new year greetings to China.

The family reunions in China mean that millions of people return to their cities of origin.

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

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