Several cities welcomed the new year with fireworks to repel bad spirits. All the people are out on the roads to celebrate the occasion. It's all bright and colourful. Lanterns evoking the pig, which is this year's zodiac symbol, are flying over Circular Quay and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra played a special concert at the Opera House.
Pigs are believed to be diligent, compassionate and generous.
Families gathered at home for multigenerational banquets. The date is determined by the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar and lands between mid-January to mid-February. In different cities, people are celebrating differently.
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The holiday also attracts extraordinary numbers of Chinese tourists from overseas. People in China will welcome spring and what it brings along - planting and harvests, fresh starts and new beginnings.
And every Chinese New Year morning, parents make rice dumplings with a lot of sugar in the soup, and kids would say "very sweet" while eating it, hoping the coming year would be sweet and handsome.
It's also made to fight the monsters. In this period, throwing out the garbage isn't allowed before the 5th.
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, Indonesia. Unlike the cheerful palette of red shades saturating the land for Chinese New Year, blue is the most dominant color during their festival－from the sky, sea, and on their camouflaged uniforms. The meals typically include a whole chicken, a whole fish, pork, noodles, spring rolls and dumplings, whose shape resembles ancient Chinese gold ingot currency.