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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. This year, the streets are filled with handsome lanterns and bright decorations to mark the holiday.

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, photo, Muslim women take a selfie at a shop selling Lunar New Year decorations in the Chinatown area of Jakarta, Indonesia.

"Each of the years go by one of the elements - there's metal, water, wood, fire and earth", Chen told Global News.

Chinese communities living in cities around the world are also welcoming the year of the Pig, though in Malaysia, where 60 percent of the population is Muslim and a quarter ethnic Chinese, some shopping centres chose not to display pig decorations.

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To get into the spirit of the Lunar New Year, Lin who is originally from Taiwan and made the move to the Island in 2017, encourages Islanders to wear the colour red, which symbolizes good luck and good fortune in Chinese tradition.

The Lunar New Year is being celebrated around Asia with lanterns, performances, decorations and food. The property says it will randomly distribute red envelopes filled with chocolate gold coins and surprise $10 gift cards to anyone in attendance while supplies last.

Over 14 films will squeeze into a tight theater schedule during the seven-day holiday and insiders anticipate ticket sales for the 2019 Spring Festival holiday to increase by five to 15 percent, making it a good beginning for the Chinese film market in the New Year. Throughout China, the holiday season, also known as chunjie, lasts for more than two weeks. The Chinese New Year concludes with a Lantern Festival, which begins on February 16 and concludes when the New Year ends on the 19th.

Those born in the year of the Pig are best compatible with people born in the year of the Tiger, and least compatible with those born in the year of the Snake, according to Chinese legend.