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Chinese around world prepare to ring in Lunar New Year
February 13,2018   By:Xinhua
Feb.13,2018--Woof, woof, the dog is barking at the door. The Chinese Year of Dog begins on February 16.
 
The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is not only the most important festival in China, but also celebrated worldwide by people who are interested in Chinese culture.
 
CELEBRATING AROUND THE WORLD
 
As one of the most influential festivals in the world, Chinese New Year celebrations will be held more than 400 cities in more than 130 countries and regions, according to the State Council Information Office.
 
In some countries, such as Malaysia, Singapore, Mauritius and Suriname, the Chinese New Year has become a statutory holiday.
 
Events such as galas, dragon and lion dance performances, exhibitions, and temple fairs are being held in towns and cities across the world.
 
In previous years, heads of state and government and leaders of international organizations have delivered their best wishes for the Chinese New Year.
 
Celebrations last for two weeks or more. One of the first to open was the "New Era, New Journey" Spring Festival Gala on Feb. 7 at Indigo O2 in London, which was organized by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association United Kingdom (CSSAUK) and supported by the Chinese embassy in the United Kingdom.
 
At the London Confucius Institute at SOAS University of London, international students played traditional instruments like bamboo flutes, sang folk songs from minority groups and told classic stories to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
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