Students celebrate the Chinese New Year

Jenna Warner
February 18, 2018

This year marks the year of the dog, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese astrological chart.

The Chinese New Year, which is tied to the lunar calendar, doesn't have a set date, but usually occurs in late January or February when the new moon is closest to the beginning of spring.

At least 250,000 Chinese tourists are expected to visit Malaysia during the ongoing Chinese New Year holiday period.

In Beijing, China, locals gathered at Ditan Park, where shops selling New Year's lanterns and food stalls serving regional cuisines attracted masses to their annual fare.

Here's a look at this year's celebrations around the world.

China's Lunar New Year television extravaganza, watched by hundreds of millions, was hit by online accusations of racism Friday over a sketch in which a Chinese actor appeared made up as an African woman, with large fake buttocks.

Other Chinese internet commenters, on the other hand, defended CCTV: "I do not really see anything racist, China does not attach much importance to all this", said one.

She said in this new era, China will open its door even wider and offer more opportunities to the United States and to the world.

Kunming, in south China's Yunnan province, celebrated with a regional tradition of splashing hot molten iron in the air as young entertainers performed a dragon dance, with fireworks exploding out of the puppet as it marched.

"Chinese New Year brings a lot to NY overall, that's why we want to do it this time around the year", Christine Haughney, regional head of marketing, Midway Attractions North America, Merlin Entertainments PLC, told Xinhua.

A vendor prepares a grilled pig for sale along a street during Chinese Lunar New Year, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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