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Asia welcomes Year of the Pig with banquets, temple visits

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Posted at 10:11 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 10:13:40-05

BEIJING (AP) — Asia welcomed the lunar Year of the Pig on Tuesday with visits to temples, family banquets and the world's biggest travel spree.

Celebrations took place throughout the region, from Beijing and Seoul to Hanoi and Singapore.

The streets of Beijing and other major Chinese cities were quiet and empty after millions of people left to visit relatives or travel abroad during the year's biggest family holiday.

Families gathered at home for multigenerational banquets. Companies, shops and government offices closed for official holidays that ranged from two days in South Korea to a week in China.

There will be a Chinese New Year celebration at the Olympic Heights Performing Arts Theater in suburban Boca Raton. It includes dancing and a Chinese dinner.
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