Chinese new year marks the year of the pig

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This year, that day is February 5. The Chinese zodiac runs on a 12 year cycle with the animals are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and then Pig.

Nevertheless, experts expect Chinese consumers to be more economical in their shopping compared to previous years due to caution over China's ongoing trade war with the United States.

Numerous festivals will feature pigs because this is the Year of the Pig, one of 12 animal zodiac signs related to the Chinese calendar. As per the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), 14.5 percent of global emissions are caused by livestock.

"Chinese emissions can be reduced by nearly 10 percent in the next decade if Chinese people just ate half as much meat", said Jen Leung, China climate director at the US -based charity WildAid.

Students and educators at a Bayside elementary school rang in the Year of the Pig in a very festive fashion.

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Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, including some in Denver, are celebrating the Chinese New Year. Restaurants across the country serve special menus.

PETA has launched Social media campaigns over Weibo - China's Twitter - using the hashtag #PigYearDontEatThem.

On Chinese New Year's Eve, families hold traditional dinners and watch a marathon televised gala.

In 2016, China had issued dietary guidelines urging people to reduce their meat consumption.

Experts said people were unlikely to give up on their pork dumplings any time soon in China, where meat is still associated with wealth and status.

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