Island's Chinese community celebrates the Year of the Pig

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Also known as Spring Festival, the Chinese New Year is celebrated in either January or February because the Chinese calendar is based on a lunar calendar that relies on the lunar cycle.

If you are lucky enough to be born in the year of the pig you are believed to be optimistic, enthusiastic and hardworking.

Qian's hometown, Suzhou in the Southern China, uses many traditional Chinese New Year customs from the region.

Another part of the festivities is "hongbao" or red envelopes containing money, which are given to family and friends.

Celebrations in major Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai were more quiet than usual after authorities previous year banned fireworks due to pollution and safety concerns.

For Ken Lin, who works at Leezen in Charlottetown, the Lunar New Year is an opportunity to reflect.

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Thousands of incense-carrying petitioners crammed into the city's famous Wong Tai Sin temple overnight, a popular location to mark the first prayers of the New Year.

There's still time to get to Hong Kong to celebrate the Year of the Pig, or you could head to Manchester instead.

Passengers with luggage crowd the waiting hall of Hangzhou East railway station during this year's Chinese Spring Festival.

"On the eve of Chinese New Year, our whole big family has dinner together, then my grandparents prepare a bowl of food for the "Kitchen God", which we bring home and put on the stove", said Qian.

Despite a slowing economy, more Chinese are travelling overseas during the holidays.

In Yangzhou, China, tourist guides wear pig hats, hold Chinese knots and hang red lanterns to send New Year greetings to tourists at the Yangzhou Slender West Lake scenic area.

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