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Chinese communities around the world welcomed the Year of the Pig on Tuesday, ushering in the Lunar New Year with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees.

In Japan, the capital's famous Tokyo Tower was due to turn red in celebration of the New Year - a first for the city.

The Lunar New Year Festival at Point Cook Town Centre will feature fireworks, food, children's activities and Chinese cultural displays. This set retails at SGD84.90. "I guess most of the Filipinos have never seen this type of martial arts, therefore I performed Bajiquan boxing to let them know more about Chinese martial arts", Hu said.

To welcome the year of the pig, below is our collection of happy Chinese Lunar New Year quotes, wishes, and greetings, collected from a variety of sources.

Throughout China, the holiday season, also known as chunjie, lasts for more than two weeks.

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Last year, the New Year Event saw all Fortnite games receive a discount of 50%, alongside Save the World players getting four new heroes and a bunch of exclusive weapons.

The Chinese begin the year with ancestral traditions - a combination of superstitions and customs - with the aim to ward off misfortunes and bring good luck, prosperity and abundance.

When Ma left her hometown five years ago and moved to Canada to attend the University of British Columbia, she surprisingly found many customs lost at home are still alive in Vancouver.

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.

"If there are family members living in some other city or another place they try to make it work, they all try to gather together and have that very important meal", he said.

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