Five killed in Lunar New Year fireworks explosion in Guanxi, China

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

Evidently, Peppa the Pig's brilliant branding campaign in China has been so successful that even the People's Liberation Army is using the cartoon character to represent the upcoming Year of the Pig.

But the Year of the Pig signals a more relaxed year ahead, "Not busy like a monkey or a cow year".

February 5 officially marks the 2019 Chinese New Year, and we've rounded up everything you need to know about the big day right here.

In February a year ago, four people died and five were injured in an explosion when a man in Yuxi in Yunnan province tried to set off a firework.

Chinese New Year is set to take place this week, and while the date varies annually in accordance with the Chinese lunisolar calendar, this year it falls on February 5. "Happy Chinese New Year!"

This year the southwestern megacity of Chongqing became the latest municipality to tighten its curbs on firecrackers by introducing a total ban after the practice was blamed for causing 410 injuries and starting 36 fires in recent years, the news platform 163.com reported.

These are rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

A spokesman for Entertainment One - the Canadian media company that now produces the series - told Agence France-Presse that in the past year, more than half a million fake Peppa Pig items were seized and tens of thousands of online sale posts taken down. "And if the Lunar New Year will do it, why not?"

The pig is the 12th and last of the zodiac animals.

One myth says the pig was late because he overslept, another says a wolf destroyed his house. 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.

Pigs born in 2019, for example, share the earth element with those born in 1959.

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