China Lunar New Year

 
 
 
  • Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. Thousands watched the fireworks display to usher in the Year of the Dragon. (Aaron Tam, AFP)
  • A fire breather performs during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Manila's Chinatown on the Philippines. (Noel Celis, AFP)
  • Filipinos perform a dragon dance to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year on the trading floor of the Philippine Stock Exchange in Manila. (Noel Celis, AFP)
  • A young contortionist performs at a temple fair on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Beijing. (AFP)
  • A performer dressed as an emperor takes part in a traditional Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good fortune, during the opening of an annual fair at the Temple of Earth park in Beijing. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • China is welcoming the year of the dragon, a symbol considered to be particularly auspicious because it is the only mythical creature among the dozen animals that represent each year in the Chinese cosmic cycle. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • A man holds grasshoppers for sale at the Longtan Temple fair in Beijing. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • A man walks beneath lanterns at the Longtan Temple fair in Beijing. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • An illuminated LED dragon is seen at the 2012 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong. (Aaron Tam, AFP)
  • The parade featured illuminated floats accompanied by local and international performing groups which entertained both locals and tourists alike on Chinese Lunar New Year. (Vincent Yu, AP)
  • Fireworks explode over a residential area of Beijing. (Ed Jones, AFP)
  • Performers take part in a dragon dance. (Vincent Yu, AP)
  • Performers push a Dragon-shaped decorated float. (Vincent Yu, AP)
  • Shaolin monks take part in celebrating the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year. (Vincent Yu, AP)
  • A performer showcases her costume at a performance at the 2012 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong. (Aaron Tam, AFP)
  • Fireworks are lit for Chinese New Year in Chinatown in New York City. (Spencer Platt, AFP)
  • A procession featuring masqueraders in dragon costumes parade through the streets of Chinatown marking the start of the Lunar Year and the Year of the Dragon in New York. (Bebeto Matthews, AP)
  • Confetti rains down on people during celebrations in Chinatown, New York. (Spencer Platt, AFP)
  • A performer is dressed as the God of Fortune in Chinatown in celebration of the Chinese New Year. (Spencer Platt, AFP)
  • A performer prepares to light a strand of firecrackers as traditional dancers perform a dragon dance during New Year's celebrations in Panama City's Chinatown. (Arnulfo Franco, AP)
  • A dragon to be carried by the members of the Chinese community in Peru during the celebrations of the Chinese New Year in Lima's Chinatown. (Ernesto Benavides, AFP)
  • Members of the Chinese community in Peru carry a dragon during the celebrations of the Chinese New Year in Lima's Chinatown. (Ernesto Benavides, AFP)
  • Members of the Chinese community in India perform a lion dance as they celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Kolkata. (Dibyangshu Sarkar, AFP)
  • The colourful dragon dance, the fire crackers and the traditional offering food to the dragon (Ching Choy) are part of the day long celebrations in the areas populated with people of Chinese origin. (Dibyangshu Sarkar, AFP)
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  • Members of the Chinese community perform a dragon dance as they celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Kolkata. (Dibyangshu Sarkar, AFP)
  • People hold joss sticks to pray for prosperity and well being on the first day of the Year of the Dragon at the Dongyue Temple in Beijing. (Mark Ralston, AFP)
  • A Chinese woman lights joss sticks. (Mark Ralston, AFP)
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  • Chinese blessing tablets with wishes for the new year written over them on the first day of the Year of the Dragon. (Mark Ralston)
  • A Chinese couple attach a blessing tablet with their wishes for the New Year. (Mark Ralston, AFP)
  • An elderly Chinese woman attaches a blessing tablet. (Mark Ralston, AFP)
  • Performers wearing costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) take part in a worship ceremony in Tiantan Park, or the Temple of Heaven, in Beijing. (Ed Jones, AFP)
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  • Chinese carry a dragon as they celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. (Yuriy Dyachyshyn, AFP)
  • Chinese celebrate the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival in China. (Eugene Hoshiko, AP)
  • Worshippers burn joss sticks to pay their first visit of the "Year of the Dragon" at Longhua Temple in Shanghai, China. (Eugene Hoshiko, AP)
  • The Lunar New Year of the Dragon starts with fireworks and dumplings, in the nation's most important annual, family holiday. (Eugene Hoshiko, AP)
  • A reveller writes the "Dragon" in traditional Chinese characters and 2012 with fireworks in Beijing, China. (Liu Jin, AFP)
  • China is welcoming the year of the dragon, a symbol considered to be particularly auspicious because it is the only mythical creature among the dozen animals that represent each year in the Chinese cosmic cycle. (Eugene Hoshiko, AP)
  • A performer prepares before the start of a dragon dance during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand. (Sakchai Lalit, AP)
  • The year of the Rabbit has come to an end. The Chinese welcome the New Year of the Dragon. (Sakchai Lalit, AP)
  • Indonesian ethnic Chinese pray during Lunar New Year celebration at Dharma Bakti temple in Chinatown in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Dita Alangkara, AP)
  • Hundreds of Buddhist believers gather at a temple annually where they place their joss sticks in an urn marking to begin an auspicious Chinese Lunar New Year and make their wishes. (Mohd Fyrol, AFP)