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Send the Perfect Chinese New Year Message With These Festive New Emojis

Happy Chinese New Year! What better way to celebrate the start of the Year of the Pig than with some festive emojis?

Wish your family and friends a Happy New Year with iOS 12’s new red lantern, red envelope and firecracker emojis, or choose the pig Animoji for a playful message. Better yet, why not send them a full-screen celebration of red and gold fireworks? You can trigger the display when you send an iMessage that includes the following words: Congratulations on making a fortune/getting rich, happy spring/happy new year, happy spring festival.

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Wish you had the perfect playlist for that Chinese New Year dinner you’re hosting tonight? Just throw on one of these themed Apple Music playlists and that’s one less thing to worry about: Joy 樂, Prosperity 福, and Happiness 喜.

If it’s games you’re on the lookout for to keep the kids entertained, check out these three Canadian-made iOS apps featuring limited-edition Chinese New Year games:
Firework Festival, which lets kids celebrate by creating fireworks out of matching shapes and colours to scare away the monster Nian; Leap On! , an arcade game that lets players leap, smash and bounce their way to the top, with a leaping piggy added in to mark the Year of the Pig; and It’s Full of Sparks, a game based on the life of a firecracker, where players embark on a journey to find The Old One, a mythical firecracker whose fuse has never been lit.

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