Gallery: Lunar New Year celebrations from around the world
Raw video: Lunar New Year celebrations across China
Preparations are underway for the Lunar New Year holiday that begins at midnight.
Lanterns of various shapes have been lit up across cities in China to celebrate the country’s most important festival, which will start on Friday and lasts for 15 days.
In southwest Chinese city Chengdu, the 46th International Giant Panda Lantern Show opened to the public Thursday night. A total of 125 sets of lanterns illuminated the city’s Mount Tazi Park.
Apart from the traditional giant panda-themed lanterns, a variety of horse-shaped lanterns also made appearance at the show, celebrating the upcoming Year of the Horse in Chinese Zodiac.
Mainland China will virtually shut down for a week, and many residents of Beijing have already boarded planes, trains and buses for holiday destinations.
Below is a collection of images as Chinese communities around the world were gearing up for the holiday that begins at midnight:
A group of dancers perform a Chinese traditional lion dance during the ‘Ngelawang’ Ritual at Dharmayana Chinese Temple on Jan. 30, 2014 in Kuta, Indonesia. (Photo credit: Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
A visitor passes the trees decorated with red lanterns at the Spring Festival Temple Fair for celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year of Horse at the Temple of Earth park on Jan. 30, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo credit: Feng Li/Getty Images)
The horse toys are seen at a game area of the Spring Festival Temple Fair for celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year of Horse at the Temple of Earth park on Jan. 30, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo credit: Feng Li/Getty Images)
Chinese paramilitary police officers dressed as Qing Dynasty servants before a re-enactment of an ancient ceremony of Qing Dynasty emperors praying for good harvest and fortune during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at the Temple of Earth park on Jan. 30, 2014 in Beijing, China. (Photo credit: Feng Li/Getty Images)
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