The rabbit is believed to be one of the happiest signs, with people born in that year renowned for their kindness, reliability and loyalty, though with an air of mystery and propensity to cry. “The Rabbit represents mid-spring when trees and plants are prospering,” said Raymond Lo, a Hong Kong-based feng shui master.
“It represents youth, motion and activity and so it will be an energetic year with new movements of young people and more young people demanding changes and reform in politics,” he added.
The traditional Chinese festival is celebrated with fireworks, parades, and parties. Here are 15 photos from events around the world.
2. Lanterns in Beijing, China's Ditan Park in 2009. Red symbolizes good luck. The lantern festival on the 15th day of the first month in the Chinese new year marks the end of the new year celebrations.Photo: storyvillegirl
12. Firecrackers ready to be set off in Paris, 2010.Photo: -NACH-
Chinese Lunar New Year
Chinese candy box with sugared coconut, red melon seeds, sugared lotus seeds, sugared water chestnuts, sugared lotus root, and black melon seeds. The candy box is a New Year's tradition and is usually filled with 6 or 8 candied items (6 and 8 are auspicious numbers in Chinese culture).Photo: denn
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