Starting today (and lasting 15 days long), China’s Spring Festival — or as it’s more popularly known in the West, Chinese New Year — celebrates the year of the dragon. The centuries-old holiday is greatly significant and weaves another thread of mythology and tradition through Chinese culture, referencing beasts that climb from the mountains and seas, the powerful and protective properties of the color red, and much more. Chinese characters, paper lanterns, fireworks, and spirited festivals have inspired stunning photography all over the world. (Find out where to celebrate in your area over here.) We took a look at several Chinese New Year celebrations in our gallery past the break, where the holiday’s host — the good luck dragon — makes an appearance throughout. Happy New Year!
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