Chinese firecracker explosion kills five in early hours of Lunar New Year

Chinese firecracker explosion kills five in early hours of Lunar New Year

Chinese firecracker explosion kills five in early hours of Lunar New Year

So wherever and however you are celebrating, let me wish you a very happy new year, and a prosperous and auspicious Year of the Pig.

Cynthia Ma and Wendy Qian are good friends, but they have completely different memories of celebrating Chinese New Year in their hometowns in China.

A few spots around the valley are gearing up for Chinese New Year today.

These temporary capacity reductions have been relatively successful.

The Lunar New Year is being celebrated around Asia with lanterns, performances, decorations and food.

"Comedy films are usually the most popular films during the Spring Festival holiday", according to Zhang Jiaxing, a manager at UME movie theater in Beijing.

Most Chinese traditionally ring in the Lunar New Year, which is assigned one of 12 animals each year off the Chinese zodiac, with a family dinner the evening before. In Chinese culture, zodiac sign "can be used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby and so much more". The pig is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and be hardworking.

What does the year of the pig mean?

Thousands visited the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, B.C., on Tuesday to pray and burn incense while welcoming the Lunar New Year. It is the Year of the Pig, an animal which symbolises wealth.

The railway ministry forecast mainland travelers would make 413 million trips during the three-week period around the holiday.

Directed by Chinese best-selling author and professional rally driver Han Han and starring Chinese comedy actor Shen Teng, the comedy tells the story of a former champion race-car driver-turned-fried rice stall manager who decides to return to the track and challenge a new generation of drivers.

In the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, visitors left bouquets of flowers at statues of former leaders Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong Il.

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