Will it be a happy Chinese New Year for carriers?

Edmonton's Chinese Catholic Parish celebrates the Year of the Pig

In Chinese culture, zodiac sign "can be used to determine your fortune for the year, marriage compatibility, career fit, best times to have a baby and so much more".

Live action-animation film "Peppa Pig Celebrates Chinese New Year", produced by China's Alibaba Pictures and Canadian media company Entertainment One, will be distributed by USA company STX Entertainment in select theaters in 32 cities across the United States on Tuesday, the first day of the Year of the Pig in China.

Conveying his goodwill message on Sunday, before the Lunar New Year which officially began on February 5, 2019, the Head of State pointed out the partnership between the two countries.

President Donald Trump also issued a statement celebrating the holiday, lauding it as "an opportunity for All Americans to honor the important contribution [people of Asian descent] have made to the story of American greatness". It was 375,000 last year and Sydney tourism operators are counting on even more this year. It's the Year of the Pig.

Real estate agents mount special marketing campaigns to sell apartments to Chinese visitors and retailers' sales of luxury goods rival the pre-Christmas rush.

Freezing rain warning issued for Wednesday
It was another attractive weather day on Tuesday along the Front Range with seasonal temperatures, sunny skies and dry conditions. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Toronto and much of the GTA, warning of freezing rain Wednesday.

A man walks at Gede market decorated with lanterns during Chinese Lunar New Year's eve in Solo, Central Java province, Indonesia, on February 4, 2019.

Pigs are believed to be diligent, compassionate and generous. The Spring festival was originally a ceremonial day to pray to gods for a good planting and harvest season. The meals typically include a whole chicken, a whole fish, pork, noodles, spring rolls and dumplings, whose shape resembles ancient Chinese gold ingot currency.

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 attractive. "And if the Lunar New Year will do it, why not?"

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

Folk artists perform the dragon dance in Nanjing to welcome Chinese New Year.

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