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    The Asian Reporter
Pacific Northwest News q Volume 29 Number 4 q February 18, 2019 q
Asia welcomes Year of the Pig with
banquets, temple visits, and more
FIERY WELCOME. A fire-eater performs during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district of Manila, the Philippines. 2019 welcomes the Year of the Pig in the lunar calendar. People born under the sign of
the Pig are generally considered to be caring, charitable, generous, outgoing individuals who are sincere and genuine. They are also known for their tendency to be pessimistic and can be materialistic and stingy. (AP Photo/Bullit
BEIJING (AP) — Asia welcomed the
Lunar Year of the Pig with visits to
temples, family banquets, and the world’s
biggest travel spree.
Celebrations took place throughout the
region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi
and Singapore.
The streets of Beijing and other major
Chinese cities were quiet and empty after
millions of people left to visit relatives or
travel abroad during the year’s biggest
family holiday.
Families gathered at home for
multigenerational banquets. Companies,
shops, and government offices closed for
official holidays that ranged from two days
Have a
safe and
Year of
the Pig!!
February 5, 2019 to January 24, 2020
in South Korea to a week in China.
Worshippers stood in line for hours at
Hong Kong’s Wong Tai Sin Temple to
welcome the new year by lighting incense.
Lana Wong, a prominent Hong Kong
actress, wore a pig costume for the event.
“My first wish is for world peace,” said
Wong, 88. “Everyone has food to eat,
employment, and houses to live in. The
elderly also hope the government will take
better care of them.”
In Beijing, performers in traditional
Qing dynasty robes strummed zithers for a
re-enactment at sunrise of a sacrificial
ceremony at the Chinese capital’s Temple
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