Chinese New Year

Just when you thought it was over, it’s countdown once again. Kick off the Chinese New Year with a tour of celebrations around the world.

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Lantern-Lit Street

Elaborate decoration seen along the street in preparation for the Chinese New Year celebration in Singapore's Chinatown neighborhood.

Dancing with Dragons

Divers perform a dragon dance during an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at an aquarium in Beijing. The Lunar New Year begins on January 28th this year and marks the start of the Year of the Rooster, according to the Chinese zodiac.

Festive Park

A girl holding red lanterns used for decoration runs in a park ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing.

Celebratory Parade

Members of a dragon team perform during the Chinese New Year festival and parade in San Francisco. The city's Chinese New Year parade is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators.

Paying Respects

People offer prayers to the deities during a midnight ceremony in Chinatown at the Chua Thien Hau Temple in L.A. Every year in the Chinese lunar calendar is associated with an animal, and positive characteristics associated with that animal are believed to be bestowed upon people born in that year.

Cultural Perfomances

Chinese ethnic dancers react backstage as they watch a performance during the Chinese New Year in Bangkok.

Honoring Tradition

People place gifts and money in the mouth of a dancing dragon during the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade in N.Y.C.

For All Ages

Gearing up. Chinese girls practice before a performance during Chinese New Year celebrations in the Chinatown neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Never a Dull Moment

Show time! A crowd watches a lion dance performance during Chinese New Year celebrations in N.Y.C.'s Chinatown district.

International Celebrations

Participants perform a dragon dance during a Chinese New Year celebration in Vina del Mar, Chile, about 75 miles northwest of the capital city of Santiago.