The New Year, which officially starts on Saturday, is China’s primary annual holiday and is traditionally marked by riotous displays of fireworks and countless firecrackers, Joinfo.com reports with reference to Al Jazeera.
According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Rooster are brave, responsible and punctual.
Millions are expected to attend the festival across the world over the next two weeks, in one of the largest celebrations of the event outside of Asia.
Thais bring offerings and pray for good fortune to mark the Lunar New Year at a temple in Bangkok. Photo by Rungroj Yongrit/EPA:
Street decorated with Chinese lamps to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters:
Filipino Chinese students in rooster hats gesture after tossing coins to a Prosperity Tree display, which is believed to bring good luck and fortune, in advance of the Lunar New Year celebration Binondo, Philippines. Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters:
Men perform a dragon and lion dance before the Chinese Lunar New Year in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Photo: Samrang Pring/Reuters:
People pray with incense sticks at a temple as they celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Suining, China. Photo: Reuters:
Zoo owner Manny Tangco shows different kinds of roosters to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at Malabon Zoo, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Reuters:
A woman takes pictures of firework on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Lianyungang, China, Reuters:
Filipino Chinese students play with Lion dancers before the Lunar New Year celebration in Binondo, Philippines. Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters:
A worker prepares decorations outside a mall in Beijing, China. Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP photo: