The Chinese New Year begins on February 5th, the first of the lunar calendar, and El Paso Grace Chinese Baptist Church is uniting the community to celebrate the Year of the Pig.
The pig resembles wealth, happiness and being worry-free.
Anita Shing who helps run the local church was born on the Year the Pig herself and she tells KTSM the honor of it being your zodiac’s year is celebrated through all stages of life.
“So if you’re young and then you would be happy and if it’s old it’s always happy because you’ve enjoyed a long life.” Shing said.
Part of the celebration includes fireworks to scare away the monsters, great food for good luck and making sure you clean before the new year.
“Cleaning the house before the new year, it might mean that we are going to sweep all the fortunes we have,” Shing said.
The main color of the festivity is red symbolozing good luck in the Chinese culture.
Shing tells KTSM, the celebrations are also an opportunity for union in the Borderland.
“It’s easier for people to have a place together from different parts of El Paso,” Shing said.
The celebrations last until February 15th.