January 31 came into its own Chinese New Year 2014 – Year of the Wooden Horse of the lunar calendar. This holiday is celebrated in many Asian countries, but above all – in China. Ahead 12 months of hard work and successful time for starting new businesses.
Chinese New Year, which, after 1911, in the literal translation is called “Spring Festival”, since ancient times is the main and longest holiday in China.
Symbol of the year – a giant horse in Shanghai, January 25, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Carlos Barria):
Of course, the Chinese New Year is celebrated not only in China but also in other countries. This celebration in Manila, January 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Erik De Castro):
There is a belief that evil spirits are afraid of red, so New Year’s Day everywhere predominant red. Kuala Lumpur, January 30, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Samsul Said):
Painted nestlings for sale, Manila, Philippines, January 31, 2014. (Photo by Dondi Tawatao | Getty Images):
New Year’s vanity stations, Shanghai, January 28, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Carlos Barria):
Every year new associated with one of the 12 animals and one of the five elements. At this time, in 2014 became a symbol of wooden horse. This creature, according to the eastern calendar, is a symbol of industriousness.
15-meter Chinese dragon at the top of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney. Left – Sydney Opera House, January 21, 2014 (. Photo AP Photo | Rob Griffith):
Beijing, China, January 30, 2014. (Photo by Feng Li | Getty Images):
Every Chinese New Year celebration is accompanied by the launch of fireworks and burning of various spices.
Shanghai, January 30, 2014. (Photo by Peter Parks | AFP | Getty Images):
On the streets of Shanghai, January 30, 2014. (Photo by Peter Parks | AFP | Getty Images):
Some do a tattoo in the form of a horse. For example, like this 28-year-old office worker from Beijing Li Sheng. (Photo by Reuters | Kim Kyung-Hoon):
Chinese opera artists, Indonesia, January 30, 2014. (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto | Getty Images):
Dragon Dance, Philippines, January 31, 2014. Like the lion dance, it is often used in various celebrations and festivals. Dragon traditionally symbolizes China’s strength and dignity, the Chinese themselves are sometimes referred to themselves as “descendants of the dragon.” It is believed that the dragon brings luck to people. Dragon Dance – crucial point of the Chinese New Year being celebrated the Chinese community worldwide. (Photo by AP Photo | Bullit Marquez):
And here is the lion dance, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, January 20, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Samrang Pring):
Despite our otherness, in the tradition of Chinese and Russian have much in common: at the heart of the festival – a feast.
This North Korean refugees near Seoul, South Korea, January 31, 2014. (Photo by AP Photo | Lee Jin-man):
Another similar tradition – giving gifts, wish each other health and a successful year. And one hopes that in 2014 it all come true. (Photo by Reuters | Samsul Said):
By the way, instead of putting the Chinese tree orange tree on which hung red envelopes with money to the house was plenty.
Incitement incense, Jakarta, January 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Beawiharta):
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Fireworks over Singapore, January 29, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Edgar Su):
Singapore, January 29, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Edgar Su):
Chinese New Year 2014 in Hong Kong on January 31. (Photo by Lam Yik Fei | Getty Images):
Dragon dance in Beijing on January 31, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Kim Kyung-Hoon):
Dragons everywhere, even in the aquarium with water. Singapore, January 30, 2014. (Photo by AP Photo | Wong Maye-E):