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Welcoming the Year of the Horse: Flickr photo of the day

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(Photo: ascgphoto / Flickr)

(Photo: ascgphoto / Flickr)

These lions may be vibrantly colored, but it appears they needed a rest. They’re relaxing for a moment in the midst of recent Chinese New Year activities at the Los Angeles Zoo. Los Angeles is just one of many cities around the world celebrating along with crowds in China to kick off the Year of the Horse, which officially starts on January 31. Cities with large populations of Chinese descent, such as Manila; Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, San Francisco and Vancouver, B.C., are showcasing Chinese culture this week.

In China, this is a time for families to honor their ancestors, remember traditional culture and take steps to ensure a prosperous and healthy year. This can mean anything from cooking ceremonial foods to giving away money in lucky red envelopes. Then there are the community events, especially fireworks, red lanterns, and dragon and lion dances. In the U.S., parades are common. With all this fun, it’s no wonder people everywhere want to join the Chinese in welcoming the new year.

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