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"After I moved to UBC in 2012, I sometimes spent the Chinese New Year in class, and even forgot about it", she said.

The courageous men and women crewing the Chinese naval escort fleet curtailing piracy and escorting civilian ships in the Gulf of Aden and the waters off Somalia, embrace festivities for the New Year in their own way-far away from home.

These temporary capacity reductions have been relatively successful.

Despite a slowing economy, more Chinese are travelling overseas during the holidays, booking family trips to Thailand, Japan and other top destinations.

Crustacean Beverly Hills, from House of AN's master chef Helene An, will introduce its first Lunar New Year menu available from February 5-8, featuring traditional dishes that represent good luck and prosperity, including an eight-hour massaged suckling pig. This year, the streets are filled with attractive lanterns and bright decorations to mark the holiday.

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Dunedin Chinese Gardens Trust chairman Malcolm Wong welcomed the crowd to the Year of the Pig, an animal which deputy mayor Chris Staynes said was a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Many Asian families cleaned and decorate their homes to sweep out last year's bad luck. It's the Year of the Pig, which occupies the 12th position in the Chinese zodiac. Everywhere, the color red dominated - on lanterns, clothes and signs. Throughout China, the holiday season, also known as chunjie, lasts for more than two weeks.

Preparations for the Lunar New Year began well before today (Feb. 5), according to the Google blog post.

People perform Chinese Lion dance in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand. (AP Photo/Andy Wong) In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, photo, vendors carrying pig-shaped balloons for sale to mark the Lunar New Year in Hanoi, Vietnam.

It is also the most important holiday in Vietnam, where it is celebrated as Tet.