Sunday, 20 October 2019

Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig 2019

Shoppers walk through the Lunar New Year fair at Victoria Park at dusk in Hong Kong. Worshippers stood in line for hours at Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the new year by lighting incense. (Paul Yeung / Bloomberg)

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Girls react to a squealing Teacup pig, a rare pet in the country, at the start of celebrations leading to the Chinese New Year at Manila’s Lucky Chinatown Plaza in Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig on the Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (Bullit Marquez / AP)

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A vendor packs candies at the Dihua Street market in Taipei, Taiwan. Taiwanese shoppers started hunting for delicacies, dried goods, and other bargains at the market weeks ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations. (Chiang Ying-ying / AP)

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In Bangkok, people lit incense sticks and burned paper money and other symbolic offerings for deceased relatives despite government appeals to avoid contributing to smog. Some shopkeepers sold symbolic ballots to burn as offerings following official promises of an election this year, the first after four years of military rule. (Jorge Silva / REUTERS

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In Japan, the capital’s famous Tokyo Tower turned red in celebration of the New Year – a first for the city. (Issei Kato / REUTERS)

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Lion dancers perform during Lunar New Year celebrations in Yangon, Myanmar. (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)

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The Hero Pig Lantern by artist Qian Jian Hua is illuminated on the western boardwalk of the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia. Sydney Lunar Festival has evolved from a small community celebration in Chinatown 23 years ago and now attracts more than 1.3 million visitors from all over the world each year. (Cameron Spencer / Getty Images)

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