The Savannah Chinese Heritage Group celebrated Chinese New Year of 2019 at the Richmond Hill City Center on Feb. 5.
According to Linda Sun, the Chinese Zodiac uses 12 animals to represent years, and 2019 is considered the Year of the Pig.
Other Chinese New Year traditions include red pockets, in which money is put inside red envelopes and handed out to younger generations by their parents, grandparents or close neighbors and friends.
Red symbolizes good luck and fortune in Chinese culture, and by giving the money to younger generations, elders are hoping to pass on a year of good fortune and blessings. The tradition began more than 2,000 years ago.
According to the internet, the pig “represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty, general prosperity, symbolizing a hard working, a peace-loving person, a truthful, generous, indulgent, patient, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, sociable person with a large sense of humour and understanding.”