Feb 8, 2019

Year of the Pig

You all know I could not resist this one. Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Pig on February 5, 2019. Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore.
The Pig is the twelfth of all zodiac animals. According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order would be decided by the order in which they arrived to his party. Pig was late because he overslept. In Chinese culture, pigs are the symbol of wealth. Their chubby faces and big ears are signs of fortune as well.
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 multi-generational banquets. Companies, shops, and government offices closed for official holidays that ranged from two days in South Korea to a week in China. Vendors sold toys branded with the British cartoon character Peppa Pig, which is enjoying a surge of popularity for the Year of the Pig.

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