• A girl takes a selfie in front of a Lunar New Year display featuring sheep at a shopping mall in Hong Kong.Reuters
  • A view of a Chinese New Year light display at the Fo Guang Shan Dong Zen Temple in Jenjarom, outside Kuala Lumpur.Reuters
  • A man hangs red lanterns for sale in front of his shop, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Phnom Penh.Reuters
  • A woman gestures at a stall selling decorations ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival in Wuhan, Hubei province.Reuters
  • A waitress poses with a cake decorated with a goat-shaped chocolate, which is painted with edible gold powder, to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, during a photo opportunity at a bakery of Kerry Hotel in Beijing.Reuters
  • A staff member directs performers, dressed as Qing dynasty officials, as they take part in a rehearsal of the re-enactment of the ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony, in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune for the Chinese New Year celebration, at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing.Reuters
  • People shop at a garment market ahead of the upcoming Spring Festival, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.Reuters
  • Vendors sell cushions depicting the logo of Apple Inc. and British emblem at a Lunar New Year market in Hong Kong.Reuters
  • A couple stands beneath a tree covered with red paper lanterns, celebrating the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing.Reuters
  • A boy, in a transitional costume, plays with pigeons at Ditan Park in Beijing.Reuters

Chinese New Year 2015 is just around the corner and the people from China are preparing for the arrival of the new lunar year.

The Spring festival will be celebrated on Thursday, 19 February, and will be the year of the Goat. People born this year will be caring, good-natured and polite.

As part of the annual festival, Asian cities are being decorated with illuminated sheep, red lanterns and Cai Shen (the God of Fortune) sculptures.

The festival begins from the New Year's eve till the lantern festival on the 15th of the month in the Chinese calendar.

The day is also celebrated in other parts of the world, including Mainland China, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Macau, Mauritius, Thailand and in other Chinatowns.

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