In Pictures: Lunar New Year celebrations

10 February 2024, 10:04

Lunar New Years Day Photo Gallery
Lunar New Years Day Photo Gallery. Picture: PA

The Year of the Dragon is a popular year to give birth for Chinese people.

People across Asia have welcomed the Lunar New Year with family gatherings, festivals and temple visits to ask for blessings.

The Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday in China, a time for reunions with relatives and friends – and to enjoy festive feasts.

Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac, with the 12 months ahead being the Year of the Dragon — widely considered the most auspicious zodiac sign in Asian communities.

The Year of the Dragon is also a popular time to give birth because many Chinese couples hope their children will possess remarkable qualities symbolised by dragons, including strength, power and success.

APTOPIX Lunar New Year Photo Gallery
Malaysian ethnic Chinese pray on the first day of Lunar New Year’s holidays at a temple in Kuala Lumpur (Vincent Thian/AP)
Taiwan Chinese New Year
Worshippers pray at a temple in Taipei (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)
China Lunar New Year
Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle (Andy Wong/AP)
Taiwan Chinese New Year
This year is the Year of the Dragon (Chiang Ying-ying/AP)
Lunar New Year Photo Gallery
Chinese dragon dancers perform at the Dongyue Temple in Beijing (Andy Wong/AP)
Lunar New Year Photo Gallery
People pray during the celebration at a temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia (Binsar Bakkara/AP)
Vietnam Lunar New Year
A man holds up a dragon decoration in a traditional Lunar New Year market in Hanoi, Vietnam (Huy Han/AP)
APTOPIX Lunar New Year Photo Gallery
An Indonesian man lights joss sticks during the Lunar New Year celebration at a temple in Medan (Binsar Bakkara/AP)
Lunar New Year Photo Gallery
Worshippers pray as they burn their first joss sticks to welcome the new year in Hong Kong (Louise Delmotte/AP)
Lunar New Year Photo Gallery
Divers perform an underwater lion dance at the KLCC Aquaria in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Vincent Thian/AP)
Lunar New Year Photo Gallery
A woman takes a picture of red lanterns and decorations on display at Ditan Park in Beijing (Andy Wong/AP)
Lunar New Year Photo Gallery
Local Chinese present a red envelope, or hongbao, to lion dance performers during a cerebration to mark the Lunar New Year in Yangon, Myanmar (Thein Zaw/AP)

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