Happening today: The Venetian, Downtown Summerlin parades celebrate Chinese New Year

Blowing a fuse — or a few dozen — in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

The New Year is the most important holiday of the Chinese calendar and it's marked with a fortnight of festivities and the exchange of gifts and red envelopes stuffed with money. The popular short video Tik Tok had even gone so far as to ban the popular children's cartoon character after fans spawned countless memes and parodies, often of a dark, graphic, or sexually suggestive nature.

The movie focuses on Peppa's three-generation-large family reuniting to celebrate Lunar New Year.

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.

If you are lucky enough to be born in the year of the pig you are believed to be optimistic, enthusiastic and hardworking.

On Jan. 8 in the lunar year, households ignite firecrackers to welcome the "fortune god" to their home, according to Qian.

Thanks to the carefully controlled nature of the firecracker explosions kids — and their balloons — were safe from any stray firecrackers
Thanks to the carefully controlled nature of the firecracker explosions kids — and their balloons — were safe from any stray firecrackers

The Chinese begin the year with ancestral traditions - a combination of superstitions and customs - with the aim to ward off misfortunes and bring good luck, prosperity and abundance. The New Year greeting in Chinese is "xin nian kuai le".

On Tuesday, China's box office raked in a whopping 1.43 billion yuan ($210 million), breaking the old record of 1.27 billion yuan ($188 million) set on the first day of CNY past year. It also commences the Spring in the country.

The growing popularity of the celebrations was a sign of deepening ties between the two countries, as well as a recognition of historic links.

Last year, the New Year Event saw all Fortnite games receive a discount of 50%, alongside Save the World players getting four new heroes and a bunch of exclusive weapons.

Across the United Kingdom, lanterns are being hung in Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and many of our other great cities - including here in London, home to one of the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside Asia. People will eat dumplings every day for every meal.

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