Vibrant festivities kick off the Year of the Dog



Sign up for the NEWS newsletterYou have been successfully added to our newsletter.Let our news meet your inboxNewsVibrant festivities kick off the Year of the DogPeople around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year with festivals, parades and temple visits to ask for blessings.BeijingFolk artists perform a fire dragon dance during a performance to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing on Feb. 18, 2018. This year marks the year of the dog, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese astrological chart. People celebrated with family feasts and visits to bustling temple fairs amid the mid-winter chill.— Jason Lee / ReutersShareKathmanduA masked dancer from the Sherpa community performs during celebrations in Kathmandu, Nepal on Feb. 18. — Skanda Gautam via Zuma / Zuma PressShareLondonCrowds watch a Flying Lion Dance troupe performance in London’s Trafalgar Square on Feb. 18. — Justin Tallis / AFP – Getty ImagesShareLondonA woman walks with giant pandas during festivities in London’s Chinatown on Feb. 18. — Brais G. Rouco / Sopa Images – ZumaShareBeijingArtists in Peking Opera style costumes wait to perform in Beijing’s Longtan Park on Feb. 19. — Roman Pilipey / EPAShareHong KongPeople touch a statue of a lion for good luck as they leave the Wong Tai Sin temple during Lunar New Year celebrations in Hong Kong on Feb. 17.— Vivek Prakash / AFP – Getty ImagesShareBeijingA Chinese woman looks at ribbons on a wishing tree at Badachu Park in Beijing on Feb. 17.— Roman Pilipey / EPAShareGlasgowA women takes a photo during Lunar New Year celebrations at Glasgow City Chambers on Feb. 18.— Jeff J Mitchell / Getty ImagesShareHangzhouA child is hoisted up to try and touch characters to bring luck for the New Year during a visit to Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou, in eastern China’s Zhejiang Province on Feb. 17.— Johannes Eisele / AFP – Getty ImagesShareBeijingA girl touches a lantern attached to a tree at the Ditan park in Beijing on Feb. 17.— Nicolas Asfouri / AFP – Getty ImagesShareHanchengA Chinese woman dressed in a traditional bride costume poses during a wedding performance as part of the She Huo festival in Hancheng, Shaanxi province, on Feb. 16.She Huo festival, celebrated in the northwestern China, is a festival dedicated to the gods of earth and fire. “She” literally means “God of Earth” and huo means “God of Fire.”— Fred Dufor / AFP – Getty ImagesShareYangonDragon dancers march with people in Chinatown in Yangon, Myanmar on Feb. 16.— Lynn Bo Bo / EPAShareKolkataA man, right, looks on as a woman and her children watch a lion dance procession in Kolkata, India on Feb. 16.— Bikas Das / APShareManilaPet lovers display their dogs wearing Chinese cheongsams during Year of the Dog celebrations in Manila, Philippines on Feb. 16.— Romeo Ranoco / ReutersShareNew YorkChildren hold American and Chinese flags during a firecracker ceremony and cultural festival in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York on Feb. 16.— Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesShareBeijingChinese performers dressed in traditional costumes walk during a rehearsal of a reenactment of a Qing dynasty imperial sacrifice ritual to worship the Earth, at Ditan Park in Beijing on Feb. 15.— Roman Pilipey / EPAShareLos AngelesA man prays at an altar at the Thien Hau Temple in the Chinatown section of Los Angeles on Feb. 16.— Richard Vogel / APShareNew YorkDancers perform during a cultural festival in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York City on Feb. 16.— Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesShareHanchengA Chinese man dressed with a traditional costume poses during a wedding performance as part of the She Huo festival in Hancheng, Shaanxi province, on Feb. 16.— Fred Dufor / AFP – Getty ImagesShareWolongGiant panda cubs play with Lunar New Year decorations at Shenshuping Panda Base in Wolong, Sichuan province, China on Feb. 14.— CSN / via ReutersShareKuala LumpurMalaysian-Chinese devotees arrive to offer prayers at the Thean Hou temple decorated with red lanterns in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 15.— Manan Vatsayana / AFP – Getty ImagesShareShanghaiPeople pray with incense sticks to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Longhua temple in Shanghai on Feb. 15.— Johannes Eisele / AFP – Getty ImagesShareJakartaA woman releases birds, which is believed to bring good luck, as she celebrates the Lunar New Year at Dharma Sakti temple in Jakarta, Indonesia on Feb. 16.— Mast Irham / EPAShareBeijingChinese performers dressed in traditional costumes perform during a rehearsal of a reenactment of a Qing dynasty imperial sacrifice ritual to worship the Earth, at Ditan Park in Beijing on Feb. 15.— Roman Pilipey / EPAShareSurabayaA Chinese-Indonesian man prays on the eve of the Lunar New Year in Surabaya, East Java province on Feb. 16.— Juni Kriswanto / AFP – Getty ImagesShareShangqiuFolk artists perform a fire dragon dance under a shower of sparks from molten iron in Shangqiu, Henan province, China on Feb. 14.— CSN / via ReutersShareNew YorkA man wears traditional clothing to celebrate the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York on Feb. 16.— Gabriela Bhaskar / ReutersShareNew YorkA family pops confetti during a cultural festival in the Chinatown neighborhood of New York on Feb. 16.— Drew Angerer / Getty ImagesShareSan FranciscoA dragon procession dances over firecracker wrappers during a Lunar New Year parade on Feb. 16 in San Francisco.— Eric Risberg / APShareMadridYoung dancers perform on stage during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in Madrid on Feb. 16.— Francisco Seco / APShareKuala LumpurPeople offers prayers and burn incense for good luck on the first day of the Lunar New Year at Sin Sze Si Ya Temple in Kuala Lumpur’s popular Chinatown area on Feb. 16.— Manan Vatsyayana / AFP – Getty ImagesSharePanama CityPeople carry a traditional Chinese New Year costume in Panama City on Feb. 16.— Rodrigo Arangua / AFP – Getty ImagesShare