Monday, February 07, 2011
The world celebrates the Year of the Rabbit


Asian communities around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year with temple visits, parades, traditional lion, dragon and folk dances. With the Year of the Rabbit now in full swing, iReporters have been capturing the colorful celebrations.


“It’s hard not to get caught up in the celebrations,” says Neal Moore, an iReporter in Taipei, Taiwan. On Sunday, Moore visited the Songshan Tsuhui Temple, a popular Buddhist temple located in the hills just above Taipei City, where crowds gathered to pray, eat and celebrate. Temple spokeswoman Tina Kuo told him the Year of the Rabbit will bring luck in love.



It was perfect weather for the Chinese New Year parade in New York’s Chinatown on Sunday, says Emad Karim, who spent several hours documenting the festivities. He saw children playing with firecrackers and elderly people participating in large groups, playing drums and waving flags from the U.S. and China.



Families in China celebrate the Lunar New Year as their most important holiday. Peng Yao's family joined thousands of other people at Mount Jiuhua, about 250 miles from Shanghai, to “pray for a peaceful new year and wish for good luck.” He saw not only Chinese, but Koreans, Japanese and Tibetans praying for good fortune.


Yao, 22, hopes his family members stay healthy, his relationship “remains firm and tight,” and he receives a job promotion in the new year.



In Paris, France, iReporter Lawrence Langner inadvertently found himself thrust into the festivities when he went to a Chinese grocery store for noodles and rice vinegar – and encountered dancing dragons in the aisles.


The Lunar New Year continues through February 17. How are you celebrating? Share your photos and footage.

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February 9, 2011
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I don't celebrate this. I've never even heard of it.


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