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It will be celebrated for around two weeks.

The Lunar New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar, with hundreds of millions of people travelling to celebrate it with their families in what is the world's largest annual human migration. There are intimate dinners and get-togethers.

More than 500 people take part in the Dragon Festival. The dates of the Lunar New Year are determined by the lunisolar Chinese calendar. It's all bright and colourful.

Families gathered at home for multigenerational banquets.

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

Across the United Kingdom, lanterns are being hung in Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and many of our other great cities - including here in London, home to one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. It is the Year of the Pig, an animal which symbolises wealth.

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Buddhists believers light candles during celebrations to mark the Year of the Pig at the Jogye temple in South Korea.

Despite a slowing economy, more Chinese are travelling overseas during the holidays, booking family trips to Thailand, Japan and other top destinations. People in China will welcome spring and what it brings along - planting and harvests, fresh starts and new beginnings.

It's also made to fight the monsters.

This is different to the Gregorian calendar we use in the United Kingdom, which starts on January 1 each year. In this period, throwing out the garbage isn't allowed before the 5th. Children receive red envelopes filled with money for good luck.

Those born in the year of the Pig are best compatible with people born in the year of the Tiger, and least compatible with those born in the year of the Snake, according to Chinese legend.

Performers rehearse a re-enactment of a Chinese New Year Qing Dynasty ceremony at the Temple of Earth in Ditan Park in Beijing on February 4, 2019.


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