Chinese New Year 2024 live: Lunar celebrations start all over the world to welcome Year of the Dragon


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Lion dancers from the Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy perform in Scotland

Lion Dancers from the Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy perform in the St James Quarter as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Chinese New Year is celebrated on 10 February this year and welcomes the year of the dragon.

The dragon is the fifth of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and is said to symbolise talent, power and excellence.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Lion Dancers from the Year's Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy perform in the St James Quarter as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 10, 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Chinese New Year is celebrated on 10 February this year and welcomes the year of the dragon. The dragon is the fifth of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and is said to symbolise talent, power and excellence. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Lion Dancers from the Year's Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy perform in the St James Quarter as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 10, 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Chinese New Year is celebrated on 10 February this year and welcomes the year of the dragon. The dragon is the fifth of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and is said to symbolise talent, power and excellence. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Lion Dancers from the Year's Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy perform in the St James Quarter as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 10, 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Chinese New Year is celebrated on 10 February this year and welcomes the year of the dragon. The dragon is the fifth of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and is said to symbolise talent, power and excellence. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Members of the public gather to watch lion dancers from the Year's Hung Ga Kung Fu Academy perform in the St James Quarter as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations on February 10, 2024 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Chinese New Year is celebrated on 10 February this year and welcomes the year of the dragon. The dragon is the fifth of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac and is said to symbolise talent, power and excellence. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderers mascots celebrate

Wolverhampton Wanderers mascots hold a banner which reads ‘Happy New Year Of The Dragon’ in celebration of Chinese New Year prior to the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford FC at Molineux.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Wolverhampton Wanderers mascots hold a banner which reads 'Happy New Year Of The Dragon' in celebration of Chinese New Year prior to the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford FC at Molineux on February 10, 2024 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: Wolverhampton Wanderers fans are seen wearing hats in celebration of Chinese New Year prior to the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford FC at Molineux on February 10, 2024 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: A Tottenham Hotspur fans wears a hat in celebration of Chinese New Year prior to the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford FC at Molineux on February 10, 2024 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)

Vibrant scenes in St Petersburg for the Chinese Lunar New Year today

People celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in the Brusnitsyn Cultural Quarter in St. Petersburg, Russia today.

Traditional lion dancers are watched by smiling children wrapped up against the cold temperatures.

epa11142542 People celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in the Brusnitsyn Cultural Quarter in St. Petersburg, Russia, 10 February 2024.  The Chinese lunar new year, also called 'Spring Festival', falls on 10 February 2024, marking the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.  EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV
epa11142541 People celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in the Brusnitsyn Cultural Quarter in St. Petersburg, Russia, 10 February 2024.  The Chinese lunar new year, also called 'Spring Festival', falls on 10 February 2024, marking the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.  EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV
epa11142539 People celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in the Brusnitsyn Cultural Quarter in St. Petersburg, Russia, 10 February 2024.  The Chinese lunar new year, also called 'Spring Festival', falls on 10 February 2024, marking the beginning of the Year of the Dragon.  EPA/ANATOLY MALTSEV

Those hoping to celebrate the Lunar New Year in London’s Chinatown should expect it to be busy as crowds pack into the area for food and festivities and the streets will be lively with lion dances, parades and festive stalls.

See the colourful scenes in the capital today below:

Dragon on the loose! Chinese New Year Celebrations in Australia

A dragon procession got underway in Sussex Street in Sydney, Australia, one of the first cities in the world to usher in the Lunar New Year.

In Melbourne, dozens of volunteers helped lift ‘Dai Loon’, the big dragon, through the city’s market.

Myanmar marks the beginning of Lunar New Year with carnival street dance

‘Don’t wash your hair or get a haircut on New Year’s Day.’

Language expert Dr Candise Lin explained that this was because the word for hair in Chinese sounded very similar to the word for rich.

‘You don’t want to wash your fortune away at the beginning of the New Year!’

London’s Chinatown extravaganza continues

Chinese New Year will be marked by followers on February 10 in 2024 – but what does it mean if you were born in the Year of the Dragon?

TikToker Victoria Mei, from the US, recently warned users who were born in the Year of the Dragon with some of her predictions, on her account @vc.mei.

She felt that this year would bring those born in the Chinese zodiac year the chance to shine in their careers, and also advised her 79,000 followers against marriage.

From colourful decorations to traditional performances and celebratory feasts, London’s West End will become a sea of crimson and gold enchantment which will see both spectators and entertainers paint the town red.

As well as an impressive itinerary of activities for all of the family to enjoy, a captivating parade across the city will take centre stage, making its way past Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and more.

Wuhan marks Chinese New Year with dragon dance outside its famous Yellow Crane Tower

People watch a dragon dance performance at the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

The city, one of the largest in central China, was famously the epicentre of Covid in early 2020.

WUHAN, CHINA - FEBRUARY 10: People watch dragon dance performance at Yellow Crane Tower scenic area to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year on February 10, 2024 in Wuhan, Hubei Province of China. The Spring Festival, or the Chinese Lunar New Year, falls on February 10 this year. (Photo by Zhou Guoqiang/VCG via Getty Images)

Chinese Lion Dance takes place in London’s Chinatown

China ushers in the Year of the Dragon with dazzling street dance in Beijing on the first day of the Lunar New Year

Most see the Lunar New Year as an opportunity to welcome happiness, good health and prosperity into their lives.

In anticipation of the event, major brands often release new products and packaging inspired by Chinese art and patterns.

And we’ve got the best of the best, right here.

The Lunar New Year starts on Saturday and kicks off the Year of the Dragon – said to be a very lucky year in Chinese astrology.

In Chinese culture,  the Dragon symbolises talent, power and excellence meaning 2024 is forecast to be a year for change, opportunity and challenges.

The date of Lunar New Year varies slightly from year to year, this year kicking off on  February 10.

This weekend, millions of people around the globe will come together to ring in the Lunar New Year, welcoming in the year of the Dragon.

According to Chinese tradition, 2024 will be the year of the Wood Dragon, which is said to foster progress, growth and abundance.

The date of Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – varies slightly from year to year, this year kicking off on February 10.

This month, millions of people around the globe will come together to ring in the Lunar New Year, welcoming in the year of the Dragon.

According to Chinese tradition, 2024 will be the year of the Wood Dragon, which is said to foster progress, growth and abundance.

Chinese New Year – also known as the Lunar New Year – will reel in thousands of revellers to the streets of London on Sunday 11 February as they commemorate the festival.

Russian dragon! Spectacular dance wows crowds in Moscow celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Participants performed a spectacular dragon dance during the celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Moscow’s Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy

Participants perform a dragon dance during the celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh) in Moscow, Russia, February 10, 2024. REUTERS/Yulia Morozova
Participants perform a dragon dance during the celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy (VDNKh) in Moscow, Russia, February 10, 2024. REUTERS/Yulia Morozova

Scottish capital lights up for Lunar New Year celebrations

A TikTok star has detailed the greetings you need to know if you’re attending any Chinese New Year celebrations.

Marcelo Wang, or @marcelowang0527, who boasts a staggering 308,000 followers on Tik Tok, recently shared his favourite greetings for the Lunar New Year.

The clip, which has since amassed 86,000 views, begins: ‘Happy Chinese New Year, besties…’

Amsterdam celebrates with lion dances

A man standing on a roof takes a photograph of a lion dance team performing on a street in Amsterdam today, which marks the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon.

A man standing on a roof takes a photograph of a lion dance team performing on a street in Amsterdam on February 10, 2024, on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. (Photo by Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by REMKO DE WAAL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
A woman takes a photograph of a lion dance team performing on a street in Amsterdam on February 10, 2024, on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. (Photo by Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by REMKO DE WAAL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)
A lion dance team performs on a street in Amsterdam on February 10, 2024, on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Dragon. (Photo by Remko de Waal / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo by REMKO DE WAAL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images)

Over the last four months Willard Wigan, 66, hand-crafted the miniature red-eyed dragon from a single piece of gold.

The mystical creature was aptly chosen to mark the Year of the Dragon, which starts on February 10, and is designed to be a symbol of ‘strength, resilience and determination’.

Drone light show stuns crowds in Singapore

Drones form light patterns during a drone show on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year along the Marina Bay waterfront promenade in Singapore.

Set to be Singapore’s largest drone show, a display of 1,500 synchronised drones feature themes of prosperity and family reunion to welcome the Year of the Dragon.

epa11142109 Drones form the shape of a dragon during a drone show on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year along the Marina Bay waterfront promenade in Singapore, 10 February 2024. Set to be Singapore's largest drone show, a display of 1,500 synchronised drones will feature themes of prosperity and family reunion to welcome the Year of the Dragon.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG
epa11142106 Drones form the shape of a dragon during a drone show on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year along the Marina Bay waterfront promenade in Singapore, 10 February 2024. Set to be Singapore's largest drone show, a display of 1,500 synchronised drones will feature themes of prosperity and family reunion to welcome the Year of the Dragon.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG
epa11142105 Drones form light patterns during a drone show on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year along the Marina Bay waterfront promenade in Singapore, 10 February 2024. Set to be Singapore's largest drone show, a display of 1,500 synchronised drones will feature themes of prosperity and family reunion to welcome the Year of the Dragon.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG
epa11142108 Drones form the shape of a dragon during a drone show on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year along the Marina Bay waterfront promenade in Singapore, 10 February 2024. Set to be Singapore's largest drone show, a display of 1,500 synchronised drones will feature themes of prosperity and family reunion to welcome the Year of the Dragon.  EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Crowds pack into Chinatown in London this weekend

Those hoping to celebrate the Lunar New Year in London’s Chinatown should expect it to be busy as crowds pack into the area for food and festivities.

The streets will be lively with lion dances, parades and festive stalls.

Revellers in Myanmar perform a lion dance

Mayor of London wishes everyone a Happy Lunar New Year

Sadiq Khan posted on X to thank London’s East and South East Asian communities at the start of the New Lunar Year.

Members of the Chinese community watch a dragon dance performance in India

Members of the Chinese community watch a dragon dance performance, during a celebration to mark the Lunar New Year, in Kolkata, India today.

Members of the Chinese community watch a dragon dance performance, during a celebration to mark the Lunar New Year, in Kolkata, India, February 10, 2024. REUTERS/Sahiba Chawdhary
Members of the Chinese community perform dragon dance, as they take part in celebrations to mark the Lunar New Year, in Kolkata, India, February 10, 2024. REUTERS/Sahiba Chawdhary

An Apple store displays a dragon on the window to commemorate the New Year

A logo featuring a dragon is displayed on the window of an Apple flagship store on the Chinese Lunar New Year’s eve on February 9, 2024 in Beijing, China.

BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 09: A logo featuring a dragon is displayed on the window of an Apple flagship store on the Chinese Lunar New Year's eve on February 9, 2024 in Beijing, China. 2024 is the year of the dragon according to Chinese zodiac. (Photo by Mi Jiafeng/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 09: A logo featuring a dragon is displayed on the window of an Apple flagship store on the Chinese Lunar New Year's eve on February 9, 2024 in Beijing, China. 2024 is the year of the dragon according to Chinese zodiac. (Photo by Mi Jiafeng/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 09: A logo featuring a dragon is displayed on the window of an Apple flagship store on the Chinese Lunar New Year's eve on February 9, 2024 in Beijing, China. 2024 is the year of the dragon according to Chinese zodiac. (Photo by Mi Jiafeng/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 09: A logo featuring a dragon is displayed on the window of an Apple flagship store on the Chinese Lunar New Year's eve on February 9, 2024 in Beijing, China. 2024 is the year of the dragon according to Chinese zodiac. (Photo by Mi Jiafeng/VCG via Getty Images)

It’s Chinese New Year  – the Year of the Dragon. Dragons represent ambition and enthusiasm.

Yet as Mars links with Pluto on Valentine’s Day, subtle confidence has a stronger effect than brash displays of strength.

Children use makeshift props to perform a lion dance in the Philippines

Australia celebrates the Chinese New Year with street festivals

Chinese astrology expert reveals what each sign can expect in 2024 – as millions prepare to bring in Lunar New Year

This weekend, millions of people around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year.

According to Chinese tradition, 2024 will celebrate the Wood Dragon, which is said to foster progress, growth and abundance.

But what does that mean for each different animal presented in the 12-year Zodiac?

Excitement builds for tomorrow’s Lunar New Year extravaganza in London’s Chinatown

Excitement is building for London’s Lunar New Year extravaganza tomorrow in the capital’s Chinatown area.

The parade will begin at 10am at Duncannon Street, with lion dances and festive stalls from 12pm to 6pm across Chinatown in the city’s Soho district.

Tory candidate for Mayor of London wishes a Happy Lunar New Year to the capital’s Chinese residents

Susan Hall, the Conservative candidate for Mayor of London, has wished a Happy Lunar New Year to the capital’s Chinese residents.

She took a swipe at Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan, as she said: ‘Now it’s the Year of the Dragon.

‘And let me tell you, there’s a dragon in City Hall that I would love to remove.’

Divers perform underwater dance in Malaysia to celebrate Chinese New Year

Divers perform an underwater lion dance at the KLCC Aquaria ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Divers perform an underwater lion dance at the KLCC Aquaria ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Japan marks Chinese New Year

This weekend, millions of people around the globe will come together to ring in the Lunar New Year, welcoming in the year of the Dragon.

According to Chinese tradition, 2024 will be the year of the Wood Dragon, which is said to foster progress, growth and abundance.

The date of Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – varies slightly from year to year, this year kicking off on February 10.

City of Philadelphia marks Chinese New Year with fire crackers and painted masks

Taiwan marks the beginning of Lunar New Year with solemn scenes of worship

Three thousand drones form a dragon lighting up the sky in China’s Sichuan province

Kolkata’s Chinese community pray at temple to mark the beginning of Lunar New Year

Worshippers pray for health and good fortune in China’s capital Beijing

Lunar New Year celebrations in Bangkok

Nike’s Air Force 1 brand creates special Year of the Dragon sneaker with embroidered gold dragons

Nike has left nothing to chance for the Year of the Dragon, with its new Nike Air Force 1 Low ‘Chinese New Year’ sneaker.

The Air Force 1 silhouette has been around for over 40 years, but never before has it been gilded with gold embroidered dragons – winning the hearts of fashion critics.

The all-leather fabric has been abandoned in favour of gorgeous silk.

Scheduled for release on February 14, it can be purchased directly from Nike’s website, the Snkrs app, and select stockists. Coming in at £300, the product is nevertheless expected to sell out quickly.

Strictly Come Dancing star Carlos Gu has been revealed as the next famous face who will read a CBeebies Bedtime Story.

His story will be aired to families across the UK in a special Lunar New Year celebration on Friday, February 9 at 6.50pm.

The 31-year-old will be reading I Love Chinese New Year, written by Eva Wong Nava and illustrated by Xin Li, which is an introduction to the true meaning of Chinese New Year and the surrounding family traditions.

To celebrate Lunar New Year, Deliveroo has teamed up with 600 of the most loved local East Asian restaurants across the UK.

Brits can bag themselves free items worth up to £10, including spring rolls, vegetable gyoza, chicken wings, prawn crackers and many more.

Deliveroo’s lucky Lunar New Year deals will be available from February 8 to 11 and is available to those living in major cities like York, London, Manchester and beyond.

From colourful decorations to traditional performances and celebratory feasts, London’s West End will become a sea of crimson and gold enchantment which will see both spectators and entertainers paint the town red.

As well as an impressive itinerary of activities for all of the family to enjoy, a captivating parade across the city will take centre stage, making its way past Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and more.

‘Don’t wash your hair or get a haircut on New Year’s Day.’

Language expert Dr Candise Lin explained that this was because the word for hair in Chinese sounded very similar to the word for rich.

‘You don’t want to wash your fortune away at the beginning of the New Year!’

Chinese New Year will be marked by followers on February 10 in 2024 – but what does it mean if you were born in the Year of the Dragon?

TikToker Victoria Mei, from the US, recently warned users who were born in the Year of the Dragon with some of her predictions, on her account @vc.mei.

She felt that this year would bring those born in the Chinese zodiac year the chance to shine in their careers, and also advised her 79,000 followers against marriage.

Chinese New Year is set to be heralded in events across the world as the Year of the Dragon arrives on Saturday 10th February.

Unlike the Gregorian calendar, which celebrates New Year on January 1, Chinese New Year is celebrated on different days each year, according to the lunar cycle.

The date when Chinese New Year falls is determined by the lunar calendar, meaning the holiday falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21.

Most see the Lunar New Year as an opportunity to welcome happiness, good health and prosperity into their lives.

In anticipation of the event, major brands often release new products and packaging inspired by Chinese art and patterns.

And we’ve got the best of the best, right here.

This weekend, millions of people around the globe will come together to ring in the Lunar New Year, welcoming in the year of the Dragon.

According to Chinese tradition, 2024 will be the year of the Wood Dragon, which is said to foster progress, growth and abundance.

The date of Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – varies slightly from year to year, this year kicking off on February 10.

The date of Lunar New Year varies slightly from year to year, this year kicking off on February 10.

The dragon is the fifth of the twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, which includes the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and the pig.

The celebration happens throughout Asia, and is a national holiday in South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, North Korea and Taiwan.





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