Worldwide celebration for Dragon Year Spring Festival of China

February 13, 2024
Updated 2024/02/13 at 6:49 PM
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BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) — The Chinese dragon, also known as the “loong,” is prominent in Chinese mythology as a legendary and auspicious creature. Unlike their European counterparts, Chinese dragons don’t exhale fire. Instead, they are often linked with water, symbolizing traits associated with business prosperity, abundant harvests and good health.

As the fifth sign in the traditional Chinese zodiac animal cycle, Chinese dragon represents a totem of the Chinese nation, and Chinese people at home and abroad proudly call themselves “the descendants of loong.”

This year’s Chinese Spring Festival coincides with the Year of the Dragon, adding extra excitement to global celebrations. It also allows people to satisfy their curiosity about Chinese culture and get acquainted with China’s customs and history.

Actors perform a fire dragon dance in a shower of molten iron at the Volga Manor in Harbin, northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province on Jan. 29, 2024. (Xinhua/Zhang Tao)
People watch dragon dance at the Qianmen Street in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 2, 2024. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)
This photo taken on Jan. 21, 2024 shows a dragon-shaped festive lantern at the Laomendong scenic area in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu Province. (Xinhua/Li Bo)

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