Happy Chinese New Year: China ushers in the Year of the Pig

Happy Chinese New Year: China ushers in the Year of the Pig

Happy Chinese New Year: China ushers in the Year of the Pig

Firecrackers also worsen the country's notorious air pollution problems, and last year air quality across the country was recorded to have worsened on four days of the Lunar New Year holiday. Over the last decade, China has dispatched 31 escort task forces, which included more than 100 ships and 26,000 personnel, and has helped escort around 6,600 vessels-half of which were foreign owned. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese-Thai offers flowers after prayers at the Leng Nuei Yee Chinese temple for the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand.

A blue Spring Festival can bring out the blues.

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.

The growing popularity of the celebrations was a sign of deepening ties between the two countries, as well as a recognition of historic links.

Worshippers stood in line for hours at Hong Kong's Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the new year by lighting incense. It's the Year of the Pig.

These explosives are traditionally set off on the eve of the Lunar New Year, at midnight, when families are done with dinner.

The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the longest holiday of the year, and the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.

People perform Chinese Lion dance in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand.

Nevertheless, experts expect Chinese consumers to be more economical in their shopping compared to previous years due to caution over China's ongoing trade war with the United States. People will eat dumplings every day for every meal.

Other customs include giving money-filled red envelopes to children or single young adults and sharing mandarin oranges, which represent good fortune.

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