The most beautiful Lunar New Year celebrations around the world

Updated 2019-02-07 15:05:00

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Whether you know the Lunar New Year as Chinese New Year, Tet or Seollal, the beginning of the lunar calendar is a time for new beginnings and fresh starts for everyone.We've picked the most gorgeous of this year's Lunar New Year celebrations from extravagant street parades to raucous day parties that carry into the night, illuminated life-sized lanterns and stunning pyrotechnic displays. Here's how the world is saying goodbye to the Year of the Dog and welcoming in the Year of the Pig.新年快乐/Happy Chinese New Year! By Rebecca Zhuang

Chicago's Lunar New Year Parade

Taking place in the heart of Chinatown, Chicago's Lunar New Year annual parade draws marchers from Wentworth Avenue and 24th Street up to Cermak Road. The crowd of 30,000 spectators follows a trail of marching bands, colourful floats, traditional dancing lion and dragon teams as they parade throughout the Chinatown precinct. Read more.Image: Chicago Chinatown Community Foundation courtesy of Time Out Global

Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake

Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake fireworks are so unmissable that the Vietnamese government skipped this year's Gregorian New Year fireworks, so they could focus only on Tet (Vietnamese for Lunar New Year). The fifteen-minute pyrotechnic show kicks off at midnight, with musical and artistic performances coming in the lead-up. Read more.Image: Dan Iernutan via rovenimages.com

Kuala Lumpur's Thean Hou Temple

Thean Hou Temple is one of Malaysia's largest and oldest temples. Adorned in hundreds of glowing red lanterns, this majestic six-tiered temple draws in thousands of festivalgoers annually to celebrate the new year. This year, visitors can enjoy a string of activities, performances, and installations including a series of shows which center around one of China's most renowned characters – the aptly named 'Pigsy'. Read more.Image: Fazli Zainordin courtesy of Time Out Global

London's Trafalgar Square celebrations

London's Lunar New Year celebrations are said to be some of the biggest outside of Asia. Coming together in Trafalgar Square, the jam-packed schedule includes traditional dragon and flying lion dances, performances of traditional Chinese dance and acrobatics, interactive dance sessions and of course, a mouthwatering selection of delicious street food. Read more.Image: Lalitphat Phunchuang courtesy of Time Out Global

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