Lunar N-ewe Year follow-up : in your photos!

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From Paris, France:

In Paris, New Lunar Year procession going from shop to shops, business to business...

In Paris, New Lunar Year procession going from shop to shops, business to business…

with lots of noise (fire crackers) to scare the bad spirits away?!

with lots of noise (fire crackers) to scare the bad spirits away?!

And other beings to scare  the bad spirits away!

And other beings to scare the bad spirits away!

Before or after the scaring!

Before or after the scaring!

Calm reigns and lanterns sway in the breeze, before the celebrations begin at the Jardin d'Acclimatation, Bois-de-Boulogne, Paris, France, from Genevieve

Calm and lanterns swaying in the breeze, before the celebrations begin at the Jardin d’Acclimatation, Bois-de-Boulogne, Paris, France, from Genevieve

The dragon rollercoaster, hungry for New Year riders, in the breeze, before the celebrations begin at the Jardin d'Acclimatation, Bois-de-Boulogne, Paris, France, from Genevieve

The dragon rollercoaster, hungry for New Year riders, in the breeze, before the celebrations begin at the Jardin d’Acclimatation, Bois-de-Boulogne, Paris, France, from Genevieve

Bonne Annee!

Bonne Annee!

From Bali:

At the hotel, they offer oranges to each table which is traditional to Chinese New Year. It means prosperous and lucky new year, from Cherie, Bali.

At the hotel, they offer oranges to each table which is traditional to Chinese New Year. It means prosperous and lucky new year, from Cherie, Bali.

From Singapore:

A stunning, and perfectly clear goat interpretation of the New year greeting, in SIngapore

A stunning, and perfectly clear goat interpretation of the New year greeting, in Singapore

'Gong Xi Fa Cai' : Mandarin for Happy New Year in Mandarin Chinese

Little pun going on —‘Gong Xi Fa Cai’ : Mandarin for Happy New Year in Mandarin Chinese

Fun pun of a greeting from expat curry club in Singapore

Fun pun of a greeting from expat curry club in SIngapore

Lunar New year decorations in a house in Singapore

Lunar New year decorations in a house in SIngapore

Lions everywhere, Singapore

Lions everywhere, Singapore

From Manchester

the 2nd largest Chinese community in the UK:

Animated film ‘What happened in the year of the dragon’ by Chinese artist Sun Xun projected onto side of church, Manchester

Animated film ‘What happened in the year of the dragon’ by Chinese artist Sun Xun projected onto side of church, Manchester

Not forgetting of course that it's the year of the ram/goat/sheep!

Not forgetting of course that it’s the year of the ram/goat/sheep!

From London, Chinatown

where the most authentic Chinese experiences can be had from within the UK – and all just around the corner from our Soho offices (!):

Chinese New year celebrations in Chinatown, Soho, London

Chinatown, Soho, London

Chinese New year celebrations in Chinatown, Soho, London

Chinese New year celebrations in Chinatown, Soho, London

Classic lantern in Chinatown, Soho, London

Classic lantern in Chinatown, Soho, London

From Barcelona, Spain:

where there’s a growing Chinese community, working hard, running their own businesses, often the ones taking over cafes and restaurants when elderly Catalan/Spanish couples retire, and taking time out to celebrate if they can:

Getting ready to process, Barcelona

Getting ready to process, Barcelona

Classic red and gold for prosperity and luck, Barcelona

Classic red and gold for prosperity and luck, Barcelona

Lion getting to know  onlookers before the procession, Barcelona

Lion getting to know onlookers before the procession, Barcelona

Character masks, Barcelona

Character masks, Barcelona

Gold dragon ready to go, Barcelona

Gold dragon ready to go, Barcelona

Black lion doing terrorising dance, Barcelona

Black lion doing terrorising dance, Barcelona

More character masks, Barcelona

More character masks, Barcelona

Gold dragon now in action, Barcelona

Gold dragon now in action, Barcelona

Boys and girls, too cute! Barcelona

Boys and girls, too cute! Barcelona

More lucky red, Barcelona

More lucky red, Barcelona

Fan dancers, Barcelona

Fan dancers, Barcelona

Nothing like a bit of cotton wool to craft a sheep-like goat head, Barcelona

Nothing like a bit of cotton wool to craft a sheep-like goat head, Barcelona

As always, the Catalonian 'gegants' were out to play - even in the midst the New Lunar Year procession, Barcelona

As always, the Catalonian ‘gegants’ were out to play – even in the midst the New Lunar Year procession, Barcelona

Character masks getting scarier, Barcelona

Character masks getting scarier, Barcelona

Classic and elegant, Barcelona

Classic and elegant, Barcelona

East meets West, outfit meets shoes, Barcelona

East meets West, outfit meets shoes, Barcelona

One of few lanterns overall in the procession, Barcelona

One of few lanterns overall in the procession, Barcelona

Bang bang bang of the drum drum drums, Barcelona

Bang bang bang of the drum drum drums, Barcelona

Waiting to move on, pretty dresses against (f0r once) a not very pretty sky, Barcelona

Waiting to move on, pretty dresses against (f0r once) a not very pretty sky, Barcelona

Giggly girls, Barcelona

Giggly girls, Barcelona

Ornate and colourful elegance, Barcelona

Ornate and colourful elegance, Barcelona

Even Barbie had a Chinese outfit to wear (on sale in one of the many Chinese 'household & toys' shops around the city, Barcelona

Even Barbie had a Chinese outfit to wear (on sale in one of the many Chinese ‘household & toys’ shops around the city, Barcelona

Off-duty and watching all the performances at the Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

Off-duty and watching all the performances at the Arc de Triomf, Barcelona

Incongruous setting for the various Chinese performances, Barcelona

Incongruous setting for the various Chinese performances, Barcelona

The ornate ladies donning 'beards' in advance of their performance, Barcelona

The ornate ladies donning ‘beards’ in advance of their performance, Barcelona

The back of two of the beautiful kimonos, Barcelona

The back of two of the beautiful kimonos, Barcelona

Presenters of the show - the lady in incredible red shoes, Barcelona

Presenters of the show – the lady in incredible red shoes, Barcelona

The ladies in the beautiful kimonos and headwear - based on Cai Shen (God of Wealth)(?), Barcelona

The ladies in the beautiful kimonos and headwear – based on Cai Shen (God of Wealth)(?), Barcelona

Dancing Chinese girls, Barcelona

Dancing Chinese girls, Barcelona

Done with dancing, now trying to dodge the rain, Barcelona

Done with dancing, now trying to dodge the rain, Barcelona

And then the rain came, just as the ladies in kimonos came on stage to perform their ritual, Barcelona

And then the rain came, just as the ladies in kimonos came on stage to perform their ritual, Barcelona

The most special of all the ornate ladies it seemed, Barcelona

The most special of all the kimono ladies it seemed, Barcelona

Looking back at a joint selfie taken by an admiring onlooker, Barcelona

Looking back at a joint selfie taken by an admiring onlooker, Barcelona

Close-up of beautiful gown, Barcelona

Close-up of beautiful gown, Barcelona

And last but certainly not least, from Austria:

Real goat unwittingly representing the new lunar year, in Austria, from Alison

Real goat unwittingly representing the new lunar year, in Austria, from Alison

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