02-05-2019 08:47 AM
This year’s Lunar New Year—also called Chinese New Year or Spring Festival—begins today. The festival lasts 15 days and is filled with traditions, rituals, and excitement. It is the most important festival in China, but it’s also celebrated in many other countries around the world.
During this holiday, people celebrate with lion dances (representing the mythical Chinese monster Nian), parades, and the lighting of fireworks. Some other customs observed during this time are to decorate everything in the color red to ward off bad spirits, eat yummy foods that are considered lucky, and light lanterns in hope for a prosperous future ahead.
Here are some spectacular photos taken by Local Guides that celebrate the spirit of Lunar New Year.
1. Ba Thien Hau Temple in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Photographed by Local Guide duy trần hải.
2. Sanfeng Temple in Kaohsiung City, Vietnam
Photographed by Local Guide 侯志中.
3. The Float @ Marina Bay in Singapore
Photographed by Local Guide Soon Teong Yeoh.
4. Thean Seng Keong Temple in Penang, Malaysia
Photographed by Local Guide 2008Kong.
5. Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong
Photographed by Local Guide 翰騰林.
6. 上海老城隍庙 in Shanghai, China
Photographed by Local Guide Chandana Gunatilake.
7. Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, CA, USA
Photographed by Local Guide Bobbie West.
8. Watsons Lucky Chinatown in Manila, Philippines
Photographed by Local Guide Richie See.
How will you celebrate the Lunar New Year? We’d love to see your photos from the festivities in the comments below and on Google Maps.