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AP Photos: Asia greets year of the pig, farewells the dog

In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, photo, Filipino-Chinese display piggy banks at the start of celebrations leading to next week's Lunar New Year in Chinat...
In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, photo, girls react to a squealing Teacup pig, a rare pet in the country, at the start of celebrations leading to the Chi...
In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese-Thai light candles after praying at the Leng Nuei Yee Chinese temple for the upcoming Lunar Ne...
In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, photo, Filipino-Chinese perform a dragon dance on Chinese New Year's Eve at Manila's Chinatown district in Manila, Phili...
In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, photo, a worker attaches a name tag of a Buddhist who made a donation of a lantern to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Y...
In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, photo, people buy flowers at a New Year market in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Chinese will celebrate the lunar new year o...
In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, a Chinese god statue is cleaned by an Indonesian of Chinese descent in preparation for the Lunar New Year cel...
In this Sunday, Feb.3, 2019, photo, a woman takes a souvenir photo of her family posing in front of red lanterns on display at the Longtan Park for a ...
In this Sunday., Feb. 3, 2019, photo, a vendor adds a wooden windmill toy to his store at the Longtan Park for a temple fair ahead of Chinese Lunar Ne...
In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, photo, vendors carrying pig-shaped balloons for sale to mark the Lunar New Year in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam is celebratin...
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, a vendor packs candies at the Dihua Street market in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Taiwanese sho...
In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, women take a selfie near a tree decorated with red lanterns ahead of the Lunar New Year at Ditan Park in Beij...
In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese-Thai offers flowers after prayers at the Leng Nuei Yee Chinese temple for the upcoming Lunar N...
In this Wednesday, Jan. 30. 2019, photo, a statue of a Chinese god is washed by in preparation for the Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple outside...
In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, photo, Muslim women take a selfie at a shop selling Lunar New Year decorations in the Chinatown area of Jakarta, Indone...
In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, photo, workers prepare for the Lunar New Year at the Dharma Bakti Temple in Chinatown area of Jakarta, Indonesia. Peopl...
In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, two divers perform an underwater Chinese Lion Dance ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations at Aquaria KLCC un...
In this Jan. 29, 2019, photo, a worker sits high up in the eves to arrange lanterns in preparation of the Lunar New Year at a temple in Jakarta, Indon...
In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, photo, people shop for Lunar New Year decorations at a market in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A woman holds a flower-shape candle prays on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Tanzhe temple in the Mentougou District of Beijing, Tu...

In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, photo, Filipino-Chinese display piggy banks at the start of celebrations leading to next week's Lunar New Year in Chinat...

In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, photo, girls react to a squealing Teacup pig, a rare pet in the country, at the start of celebrations leading to the Chi...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese-Thai light candles after praying at the Leng Nuei Yee Chinese temple for the upcoming Lunar Ne...

In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, photo, Filipino-Chinese perform a dragon dance on Chinese New Year's Eve at Manila's Chinatown district in Manila, Phili...

In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, photo, a worker attaches a name tag of a Buddhist who made a donation of a lantern to celebrate the upcoming Lunar New Y...

In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, photo, people buy flowers at a New Year market in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. Chinese will celebrate the lunar new year o...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, a Chinese god statue is cleaned by an Indonesian of Chinese descent in preparation for the Lunar New Year cel...

In this Sunday, Feb.3, 2019, photo, a woman takes a souvenir photo of her family posing in front of red lanterns on display at the Longtan Park for a ...

In this Sunday., Feb. 3, 2019, photo, a vendor adds a wooden windmill toy to his store at the Longtan Park for a temple fair ahead of Chinese Lunar Ne...

In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, photo, vendors carrying pig-shaped balloons for sale to mark the Lunar New Year in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam is celebratin...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, file photo, a vendor packs candies at the Dihua Street market in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Taiwanese sho...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, women take a selfie near a tree decorated with red lanterns ahead of the Lunar New Year at Ditan Park in Beij...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese-Thai offers flowers after prayers at the Leng Nuei Yee Chinese temple for the upcoming Lunar N...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 30. 2019, photo, a statue of a Chinese god is washed by in preparation for the Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple outside...

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, photo, Muslim women take a selfie at a shop selling Lunar New Year decorations in the Chinatown area of Jakarta, Indone...

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, photo, workers prepare for the Lunar New Year at the Dharma Bakti Temple in Chinatown area of Jakarta, Indonesia. Peopl...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, photo, two divers perform an underwater Chinese Lion Dance ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations at Aquaria KLCC un...

In this Jan. 29, 2019, photo, a worker sits high up in the eves to arrange lanterns in preparation of the Lunar New Year at a temple in Jakarta, Indon...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, photo, people shop for Lunar New Year decorations at a market in Beijing. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A woman holds a flower-shape candle prays on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Tanzhe temple in the Mentougou District of Beijing, Tu...

The Lunar New Year is being celebrated around Asia with lanterns, performances, decorations and food. People are bidding farewell to the year of the dog in the 12-year Chinese astrological cycle and welcoming the year of the pig with hopes of happiness and fortune.

On the eve of the new year, people gathered for reunion dinners, gave red packets of pocket money to youngsters and lit firecrackers at midnight.

Early Tuesday, the first day of the year of the pig, hundreds lined up outside famous temples to burn the first joss sticks of the year, expecting it to bring them good luck.

Ornaments were readied, kiosks set up, and traditional dragon dancers leapt in the air. Everywhere, the color red dominated — on lanterns, clothes and signs. In homes and in shops, cute pig dolls were displayed for the festival, which is also celebrated in Vietnam and by ethnic Chinese communities across Asia.

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Updated : 2022-05-21 21:51 GMT+08:00