Island's Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Pig

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Despite a slowing economy, more Chinese are travelling overseas during the holidays, booking family trips to Thailand, Japan and other top destinations. "And if the Lunar New Year will do it, why not?"

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. And housewares giant Williams Sonoma has a slew of Lunar New Year dishware and its website offers a set of nine "Year of the Pig" cupcakes for $80. This year, the streets are filled with attractive lanterns and bright decorations to mark the holiday.

It's officially the Chinese New Year, which is also known as the Lunar New Year!

At The Venetian, visitors can catch a traditional eye ceremony and lion dance celebrating "The Year of the Pig" on February 5 from 3 p.m.to 5 p.m.

"This would be a good time to take a look at the past year for the good things that happened or some of the things I need to improve on and some of the goals for the future", Lin said.

The holiday in mainland China is marked by the biggest annual travel boom as hundreds of millions of people visit their home towns or travel overseas.

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In mainland China, authorities were expecting a total of nearly three billion trips by auto, train and aeroplane in the 40 days surrounding the holiday.

Chiu's family capped their celebration with a fireworks display.

People line up to check in for a movie in a cinema in Yichang, Hubei Province, February 5, 2019. In 2018, air pollution records were heightened within the first four days after Chinese New Year was celebrated.

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.

This year the southwestern megacity of Chongqing became the latest municipality to tighten its curbs on firecrackers by introducing a total ban after the practice was blamed for causing 410 injuries and starting 36 fires in recent years, the news platform 163.com reported.

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