Chinese New Year will be celebrated in Malta this week.
With vibrant parades, music, exhibitions and delicious food, this Chinese New Year will welcome the year of the pig.
The China Culture Centre Malta has organised a series of events in Valletta.
But why is 2019 the year of the pig?
Here’s everything you need to know about the Chinese holiday:
When is Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year – or Spring Festival as it’s also known – begins on the new moon that appears between January 21 and February 20, which this year is Tuesday, February 5.
It is a major holiday across East Asia and is celebrated in South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Mongolia, Indonesia, and Malaysia as well as Greater China.
Regions and countries with major Chinese populations such as Singapore and Myanmar also celebrate.
Why is 2019 the year of the pig?
The animals of the Chinese zodiac rotate on a 12-year cycle, and recent years of the pig include – 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019.
Each animal has attributes which are said describe those who are born in that year’s personality.
For those born in the year of the pig, which in recent years has been 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007 and now 2019 are said to have a beautiful personality and are blessed with good fortune in life.