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Chinese New Year 2019: Here’s how people are welcoming the ‘Year Of The Pig’ around the world

Chinese New Year 2019: Take a look at how people across the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year.

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The Chinese New Year festivities kicked off today. Gorgeous lanterns and giant golden pigs could be seen adorning the streets, given that 2019 is the Year Of The Pig. Scroll down to see how people around the globe are celebrating the Lunar New Year. (Reuters)

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Lanterns and a giant golden pig dominate the Lucky Chinatown Walk at the start of celebrations leading to the Chinese New Year at Manila's Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig on the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (Source: AP Photo)

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A performer blows fire during Chinese New Year celebrations at Manila's Chinatown, Philippines. (Source: REUTERS)

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Filipino-Chinese perform a dragon dance on Chinese New Year's Eve at Manila's Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines.

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As part of the festivities, special prayers are offered to the guarding deities and incense sticks are lit. Lucky red packets called the ‘hong pao’ are exchanged between families with good wishes for the new year.

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A man sells crocodile BBQ at a temporary night market to mark Chinese New Year in Bangkok, Thailand. (Source: REUTERS)

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Performers rehearse a re-enactment of a Chinese New Year Qing Dynasty ceremony at the Temple of Earth in Ditan Park in Beijing, China. (Source: REUTERS)