Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name.
Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year’s Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.
Photo 1: Hubei workers extended New Year greetings with locals in Ethiopia on February 18, 2015. (photo by Xiong Yi)
Photo 2: Jason Kenny, Defense Minister of Canada, handed out red envelops to performers in Mississauga on February 20, 2015.
Photo 3: An audience joined dragon dance in a restaurant in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on February 20, 2015.
Photo 4: A foreigner dressed as the God of Wealth and paid New Year calls to overseas Chinese in Chinatown of San Francisco, USA, on February 19, 2015.
Photo 5: A giant dragon lantern was settled in urban area of Melbourne, Australia, on February 20, 2015.
Photo 6: A diver dressed in a traditional Chinese costume feeds the fish at the Manila Ocean Park in Manila, the Philippines, Feb. 17, 2015. The Manila Ocean Park organized activities to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)