Fifteen-day-long festivities of Chinese New Year begin

More than 1.4 billion Chinese people will be celebrating the arrival of their New Year according to the traditional lunar calendar.

Chinese New Year has painted Sydney red, as the city welcomes the year of the dog with fireworks, lanterns and a glowing red opera house and harbour bridge. The subtle canine was designed by the late artist Clarence Lee, who created the very first Chinese New Year-themed stamp series the USPS issued.

"There are multiple explanations for this", the Chinese New Year 2018 website said. Each year is associated with a different animal, and 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

Mita also holds numerous promotional activities in China every year, he said.

Beijing-born Wong's icy demeanour and eclectic music tastes ranging from syrupy love songs to off-kilter trip-hop and Buddhist-infused folktronica have made her one of the biggest stars in the Chinese speaking world of the last three decades.

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And in Sichuan, China, a large crowd took part in a traditional dragon dance, where a group of dancers emulate the mythical beast's movements. Tết is the most important holiday in the Vietnamese calendar, and the holiday's name means Feast of the First Morning of the First Day.

"Councilmember David host this year's Lunar New Year celebration", said Councilman Gil Cedillo.

But the ruling Communist Party was never far away, as other songs evoked the "new era" advocated by President Xi Jinping or his pet "New Silk Roads" infrastructure project.

In Beijing, China, locals gathered at Ditan Park, where shops selling New Year's lanterns and food stalls serving regional cuisines attracted masses to their annual fare.

Vietnamese families eat red sticky rice, and wish their loved ones, "Chúc Mừng Năm Mới", or "Happy New Year". But these gifts are now also sent in electronic form via smartphone, with the option to let a sum divide randomly between several friends.

  • Rita Burton