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Golden pigs with yuanbao/ ingot symbolising income and/ or wealth as lucky charms at new year celebration of the ‘year of the pig’ as per the Chinese zodiac; According to Chinese believes, pigs are considered very lucky creatures at birth. They are always well fed and allowed their ways. That is why many Chinese families look upon sons born under the zodiac of the pig as having been fortunate. They always seem to have someone or other taking care of them. Inside a shop, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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