China Bidding Farewell to Year of the Dragon

Chinese New Year is tomorrow

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 9, 2013 10:38 AM CST

(Newser) – Tomorrow marks the Chinese New Year, and the BBC provides this nugget to give a sense of just how big of a deal it is: So many people head home to celebrate in Asia that it's considered to be the biggest mass migration on the planet. The celebration, also called the Lunar New Year, marks the end of the Year of the Dragon in China and the beginning of the Year of the Snake. This year's festivities might be lower-key than usual, reports AP, because authorities in Beijing have asked people to shoot off fewer fireworks to cut down on pollution.

Dragon dancers take a break after performing in front of Chinese business establishments on the eve of Chinese New Year celebration in Manila.
Dragon dancers take a break after performing in front of Chinese business establishments on the eve of Chinese New Year celebration in Manila.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Ethnic Cambodian Chinese perform a dragon dance in front of the Royal Palace ahead of Lunar New Year, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday.
Ethnic Cambodian Chinese perform a dragon dance in front of the Royal Palace ahead of Lunar New Year, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
A Chinese actor dressed as Qing Dynasty emperor shows other participants how to hold an ancient spear during a rehearsal in Beijing Friday.
A Chinese actor dressed as Qing Dynasty emperor shows other participants how to hold an ancient spear during a rehearsal in Beijing Friday.   (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Visitors at the Lungshan Temple hold their ears as fireworks explode on the eve of the Chinese lunar new year in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday.
Visitors at the Lungshan Temple hold their ears as fireworks explode on the eve of the Chinese lunar new year in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Devotees burn incense at the Lungshan Temple on the eve of the Chinese lunar new year in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday.
Devotees burn incense at the Lungshan Temple on the eve of the Chinese lunar new year in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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