Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, began on February 5th, 2019, the first day of the Lunar Calendar. It is seen as the most important holiday of the year, and celebrations last until the 15th day of the lunar month with unique traditions for each day.
This year marks the Year of the Pig. According to legend, people born this year are expected to have personality traits reflecting the pig of the Chinese zodiac, including being energetic and enthusiastic.
This period, according to agrarian tradition, marks the time of year when farmers were best able to take a break and spend time with their families. The Communist leadership of Mao Zedong suppressed celebration of the holiday, as it was considered religious, feudalistic, or superstitious. It was reinstated in the period of economic boom following Mao's death, and since 1996, it has been designated as a week-long vacation for people in China.
Here's how the Lunar New Year of 2019 was celebrated in different parts of Asia.