Downtown shopping malls have launched a number of festive events and art installations over the weekend to celebrate the approaching Year of the Pig.
The Global Harbor Mall in Putuo District has unveiled its series of celebrations through February 19 for the Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on February 5 this year.
The largest shopping complex in downtown Shanghai has been adorned with hundreds of lanterns and peach trees to create a festive ambience. A large Chinese dragon made with Lego bricks is just one of the attractions being exhibited in the mall.
Customers can pose with other Lego exhibits and a wishing tree, or take part in various candy parties and parades of pet pigs within the mall during the seasonal celebration. They can also write Spring Festival couplets under the guidance of calligraphers.
A major celebration featuring dragon and lion dances, as well as thousands of red packets for customers, will be held on February 5. A grand parade about the Chinese God of Wealth is planned on February 9, or the 5th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which is traditionally celebrated to welcome the god of fortune.
The event is inspired by traditional temple fairs to allow customers to experience the ancient Spring Festival celebration, according to the mall. Additional events will be held on February 14 for Valentine's Day, as well as the Lantern Festival on February 19.
Various pig-themed art installations also appeared in front of popular malls at Xintiandi. They include three roughly 3-meter-tall pig sculptures, each inspired by famous cartoon story Three Little Pigs.
"We made them look happy and playful and chose the gold color to represent good fortune for the Chinese New Year," said famous US street artist OG SLICK, who was invited to create the artwork.
A group of mini-musk pigs will be exhibited within the Hui Jin Department Store in Xujiahui area from next week. Customers can learn the origin and life habits of these pigs and interact with them during the two-week exhibition.