Chinese Year of Pig marked with celebrations across country

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The fast food chain will hand out red envelopes to customers on Tuesday, February 5 to usher in the Year of the Pig. The pig is believed to be a symbol of optimism, enthusiasm and be hardworking.

Naturally, this date changes each year, but it will always fall sometime between January 21 and February 20.

The animation, which follows the daily adventures of a bright pink piglet, her brother George and her parents, is hugely popular with Chinese children.

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In Hong Kong, flower markets were filled with residents picking out orchids, mandarins and peach blossoms to decorate their homes - with stalls also boasting a dizzying array of pig-themed pillows, tote bags and stuffed toys.

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These are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, photo, vendors carrying pig-shaped balloons for sale to mark the Lunar New Year in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Pig is the 12th in the Chinese zodiac chart.

A performer blows fire during Chinese New Year celebrations in Manila, Philippines.

One myth says the pig was late because he overslept, another says a wolf destroyed his house.

Authorities expect there will be nearly three billion trips made during the so-called "Spring Festival", the 40-day period that started on January 21 and ends on March 1. If you were born in 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and 2019, this is your year, and it promises to bring success. They have great concentration: Once they set a goal, they will devote all their energy to achieving it.

"The pig is usually seen to be quite friendly, they're hard-working, generally", said Chen.

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