6 beautiful photos of traditional Chinese New Year celebrations around the world

Chinese New Year is the most important among the traditional Chinese holidays.

Also known as Lunar New Year, the holiday is celebrated on the first Monday of the first month on the Lunar calendar, which is based on the moon’s orbit, rather than the western Gregorian calendar, which is based on the earth’s orbit. This year, the Lunar New Year falls on February 8.

The celebrations are inspired by a famous legend that says the evil beast Nien eats people on New Year’s Eve. Since Nien is said to fear loud noises and the colour red, celebrants light firecrackers, carry torches, and don red clothing to fend him off.

The celebrations then usually last for 14 more days.

Fireworks and torches are lit to scare off evil spirits. The first firework that is set off is said to be good luck.

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A traditional hand-made candy called matang is popular during the Chinese New Year.

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Yusheng is a traditional raw fish dish served for dinner to bring wealth and a long life.

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The New Year's Eve dinner is a big part of Chinese New Year. Usually, this is a family reunion for those who have been away from home.

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The dances are wild and sometimes performed under a shower of sparks from molten iron.

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Hundreds of lanterns are made for the Lantern Festival, which is held on the last day of the celebrations, ending the Chinese New Year period.

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