Lunar New Year

In pictures: the world welcomes the Year of the Rooster

Millions of people gathered to usher in the Year of the Rooster at the Lunar New Year celebrations around the world.

PUBLISHED : Monday, 30 January, 2017, 9:26pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 January, 2017, 1:22pm

The Lunar New Year typically features fireworks, good food, visits to parents and relatives, new year greetings and entertainment activities.

Thousands packed into the bustling Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong to pay their respects to ancestors and pray for good fortune in the coming year.

Despite the mist and drizzle, hundreds of thousands of people lined up on both sides of Victoria Harbour to watch the Lunar New Year fireworks.

A colourful procession of floats and dazzling performances by nearly 3,000 performers marked the annual Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong.

Lunar New Year lai see tradition got a digital makeover, with ‘augmented reality’ red envelopes emerging as the new marquee gimmick.

Hong Kong’s largest Lunar New Year fair was crowded, despite fears of unrest and increased security presence didn’t deter revellers.

Unpredictable weather in Hong Kong prompted florists to take extra measures to ensure that their flowers blossom just in time for the Lunar New Year.

Beijing residents bore the brunt of choking smog after many set off a barrage of fireworks to ring in the Lunar New Year.

Huge numbers in China travel home each year to celebrate the Lunar New Year holiday, a mass movement of people known in Chinese as chunyun.

The growing practice of single Chinese millennials hiring pretend romantic partners to take home to families eager to see them paired off has seen prices triple to as much as 6,000 yuan a night.

Popular video game Overwatch got a Lunar New Year makeover, with Chinese-themed character costumes and new ‘Capture the Rooster’ game mode feature.

The Brooklyn Nets’ Jeremy Lin starred in NBA’s Lunar New Year message for Chinese basketball fans.

Panerai, Chopard, Dior, Juvenia, Jaquet Droz, Bovet 1822 and Vacheron Constantin released luxury rooster watches to celebrate the season.