Lonely Planet Writer

In pictures: countries around the world prepare for the Lunar New Year of the Rooster

One of the most important events of the year in Chinese culture, the Lunar New Year, is set to begin in two days on 28 January, with countries all over the world busy making preparations for the celebrations. Lonely Planet Travel News has put together photos from different destinations, showcasing how different people are getting ready for the year of the fire rooster.

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Tourists in Shanghai, China take photos of a rooster at a lantern show in Yu Garden. Image by VCG /Getty Images
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Tourists in Nanjing, China visit the 31st Qinhuai lantern fair. Image by VCG/Getty Images
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Local artists in Zunyi, China practice a dragon dance in anticipation of the New Year celebrations. Image by VCG/Getty Images
Locals in Surakarta, Indonesia enjoy the various illuminated laterns displayed during a festival to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.
Locals in Surakarta, Indonesia enjoy the various illuminated laterns displayed during a festival to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year. Image by Agoes Rudianto/NurPhoto?Getty Images

Chinese New Year’s Day is the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, which as the name suggests, follows the phases of the moon.  While the date is different each year on the internationally used Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year usually falls between January 21st and February 20th. Also known as the Spring Festival in China, the event is one of the biggest cultural celebrations of the year, running for two weeks.

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A diver in Singapore performs an underwater dragon dance performance at the S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa . Image by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images
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Folk artists in Chenzhou perform a dragon dance at Miaoxiagu Village.
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People perform a dragon dance to announce Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Metro’s Sé Station in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image by Cris Faga/NurPhoto/Getty Images
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A couple in Jenjarom, Malaysia walk under lanterns at Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen temple. Image by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images

The festival sees huge amounts of Chinese people returning home for the holiday, as well as celebrating in other countries too. Traditions see people visiting family and friends to wish them luck and prosperity for the year to come, throwing a reunion dinner that includes the whole family, wearing and decorating streets and houses in red and gold, the colours of good luck, throwing parades, dances and boat races as well as exchanging red envelopes of “lucky money”.

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Lion dance perform in a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Image by Mat Zain/NurPhoto/Getty Images
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Chinese residents in Lisbon, Portugal parade in costume to celebrate the year of the rooster. Image by Horacio Villalobos/Corbis/Corbis/Getty Images
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Indonesian workers replace a light bulb on the roof of the Thean Hou temple decorated with red lanterns in Kuala Lumpur. Image by Chris Jung/Nur Photo/Getty Images
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A diver dressed in a rooster costume dives in the S.E.A Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore. Image by Suhaimi Abdullah/Getty Images

This weekend will mark the beginning of the year of the fire rooster, one of the twelve animal signs from the Chinese Zodiac incorporated with one of the five elements. Famous fire roosters include Hans Zimmer, Donny Osmond, Martin Luther King III and Stephen Fry.
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