Chinese communities celebrated the Lunar New Year with gusto around the world.
Chinese ushered in the Year of the Pig with prayers, family feasts and shopping sprees. In Chinese culture, pigs symbolise good fortune and wealth.
Some Chinese archeologists claimed that China was one of the earliest places in the world to domesticate pigs about 9,000 years ago.
Thousands of people took to streets to participate in parades, traditional lion dance and other activities in several towns of China.
Temples, homes and streets were decorated to mark the New Year. Families reunite on this occasion and exchange gifts and red envelopes stuffed with money.
A growing number of Chinese are also heading abroad for family trips to Thailand, Japan and other popular destinations.
According to the Chinese travel agency Ctrip, an estimated seven million Chinese tourists will head overseas this year.
World leaders greeted China on its New Year. “Dear friends, I wish you a happy New Year! I wish the Year of the Pig brings happiness, wealth and health to everyone,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sina Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform.