Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Chinese hit the roads to celebrate spring festival

Chinese hit the roads to celebrate spring festival

As Chinese people celebrate the new Year of the Pig this week, environmental campaigners are urging them to eat less pork and help save the planet.

However, Peppa is now more popular than ever in the Middle Kingdom.

Tuesday is the first day of the new lunar calendar, a holiday also known as the Chinese New Year that's celebrated throughout Asia and around the world.

Siao Zou, a traveler at the Beijing train station, said: "Spring Festival has a special meaning for the Chinese people". This year, is the year of the Pig.

In Hong Kong, famous for its dim sum and barbeque pork, one company is partnering with restaurants to promote Lunar New Year dishes cooked with its "vegan pork" made with ingredients including soybeans and peas.

The celebration isn't only in China. While this year's skins are priced at 3,000 credits, older skins have their prices reduced to 1,000 credits.

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Women light candles while praying in a Chinese temple during the celebration of the Lunar New Year in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand.

Larry, the 10 Downing Street cat, walks past Lunar New Year decorations on the door of number 10, in central London.

China's spring festival will mark the world's largest internal migration. Estimates put the number of Chinese-Argentines in the country at over 120,000.

Events such as traditional lion dances are held in decorated public spaces while supermarkets stock up on mooncakes and tangerines.

Parades and lion dances in Western cities such as NY and London were expected to draw large crowds.

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