Hongkongers enjoy spectacular performances at Lunar New Year night parade

Posted February 06, 2019

It can often take a while to recover from lengthy celebrations and with China's "Year of the Pig" festivities officially starting on Tuesday 5 February ocean carriers will be hoping that the hangover in terms of freight rates is short-lived and that like the pig, is associated with wealth.

Cynthia Ma and Wendy Qian are good friends, but they have completely different memories of celebrating Chinese New Year in their hometowns in China.

The Year of the Pig signals a more relaxed time ahead, 'Not busy like a monkey or a cow year.

On Chinese New Year's Eve, families hold traditional dinners and watch a marathon televised gala. Children receive red envelopes filled with money for good luck.

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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.

In Hong Kong, worshippers stood in line for hours at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the lunar new year by lighting incense.

Folk artists perform the dragon dance in Nanjing to welcome Chinese New Year. People around the world will be celebrating the start of the Year of Pig on February 5th this year in the Chinese lunar calendar.

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There are many light shows, such as the one in Xi'an, featuring Chinese characters reading, "Bless to wish the great prosperity of the motherland".

Women light candles while praying in a Chinese temple during the celebration of the Lunar New Year in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand.

Parades and lion dances in Western cities such as NY and London were expected to draw large crowds.

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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Tens of thousands of people lined the balmy streets along Tsim Sha Tsui to catch a glimpse of the annual Cathay Pacific Lunar New Year Night Parade. China still sees Taiwan as part of its territory to be reunified, despite the two sides being ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949.