United Nations chief Antonio Guterres sends Lunar New Year greetings

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres sends Lunar New Year greetings

The holiday again witnessed the Chinese film market reaching unprecedented territory, with domestic films becoming smash hits around the country. A pig represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity, symbolising a hard working, a peace-loving person, a truthful, generous, indulgent, patient, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, sociable person with a large sense of humour and understanding. It's all bright and colourful. "I hope they can tighten the policy further in the Year of the Pig", another wrote.

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.

"I think this is the most important thing for Chinese families", said Richard Yu, owner of Topfresh Asian grocery in Charlottetown.

Buddhists believers light candles during celebrations to mark the Year of the Pig at the Jogye temple in South Korea.

The family reunions in China mean that millions of people return to their cities of origin. It is also celebrated as Spring Festival. The Spring festival was originally a ceremonial day to pray to gods for a good planting and harvest season.

And every Chinese New Year morning, parents make rice dumplings with a lot of sugar in the soup, and kids would say "very sweet" while eating it, hoping the coming year would be sweet and attractive.

In the last few years, with a boom in payments made by mobile phone, "hongbaos" are now also sent through applications such as WeChat (similar to WhatsApp). In this period, throwing out the garbage isn't allowed before the 5th.

Preparations for the Lunar New Year began well before today (Feb. 5), according to the Google blog post. People will eat dumplings every day for every meal. I look forward, as do the people of Kenya, to working with China, a true partner and friend, in the year to come. The red envelopes are being filled.

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