News

China Rings in Lunar New Year With Festive Meals, Fireworks

People across Asia and the world have greeted the Lunar New Year with family meals, prayers and massive fireworks displays.

In China, residents set off thousands of firecrackers in Beijing late Saturday to ring in the Year of the Pig.

In London, the Chinese community ushered in the new year with a parade, dancing and fireworks.

Chinese traditionally set off firecrackers to scare away evil spirits and encourage good fortune for the new year.

The pig is one of 12 animals and symbols on the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar. According to customary superstition, people born in the Year of the Pig are usually honest, straightforward and hardworking.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

 

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Feature Story

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama make front page news during Obama's visit to China in February 2012.

US Pivot to Asia Demands Delicate Balancing Act

As the tumult in the Middle East distracts Obama, shifting American focus eastward appears threatened More

Special Reports