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Fireworks & lantern fairs ring in New Year


02-02-2014 19:11 BJT

It's not just in the Chinese mainland that the Lunar New Year celebrations have been happening. Let's see how other regions are also celebrating the start of the Year of the Horse.

Hong Kong’s annual fireworks extravaganza delighted crowds lining the city’s Victoria Harbour on Saturday night, to ring in the new year with a bang. Lasting for 23 minutes, the display saw 30 thousand fireworks set off and was viewed by some 330-thousand people.

Eight sets of fireworks featured different themes, and lit up the sky over the harbour.

And it was a feast for the ears as well as the eyes, as music accompanied the display.

Hong Kong’s annual fireworks extravaganza delighted crowds lining the city’s Victoria Harbour on Saturday night

"We’re tourists, and we’ve come here to see the fireworks. They were really beautiful." One tourist said.

"I wish everybody a happy new year- a prosperous year of the horse, and also good health." The other one said.

The crowd gradually dispersed, but this is just the beginning of the new year influx of tourists to Hong Kong, expected to welcome over 8 million tourists throughout the holiday.

Singapore hosts large lantern fair

And in Singapore, people have also been celebrating the Lunar New Year with their annual lantern fair. Song and dance performances, food stalls, sets of huge lanterns and fireworls combined to give visitors a distinctly Chinese treat. Lanterns in the shape of peonies and horses enhanced the festive atmosphere on the streets of Singapore.

People appreciate a lantern show during an event celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year at Marina Bay in Singapore, Feb. 1, 2014. (Xinhua/Chen Haining)

"This activity has brought new year joy to the ethnic Chinese people living here."

It’s a tradition for ethnic Chinese people living in Singapore to hang lanterns during the Chinese new year. The centre-piece of the fair is definitely the horse-shaped lantern supported by some auspicious mascots.

And a unique bit of scuba diving saw two divers wielding a dragon lantern, at one of the world’s largest aquariums.

Chinese New Year parade takes to the streets of Barcelona

And it’s not just in Asia. In the Spanish city of Barcelona, a parade took place on Saturday, to celebrate Chinese New Year. The event was jointly held by the Confucius Institute in Barcelona and some Asian associations. Local art troupes joined the fanfare to perform their daredevil performace.

"I think this is such a fun activity. It combines both Chinese and Spanish culture, so it’s very good to watch."

Actors perform lion dance to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New
Year in front of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain,
Feb. 1, 2014. (Xinhua/Zhou Zhe)

"This is my first time watching this kind of activity. It’s a lot of fun, I like it a lot. Very colourful."

"I’m here to send our best wishes to all Chinese people. I wish you a prosperous new year." Barcelona mayor Xavier Tiras said.

As Chinese New Year is recognised and celebrated all over the world, it seems that a greater interest in the customs and traditions of the occasion continues to grow.



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