Lunar New Year

Many Taipei residents visit the city's historic Dihua Street to buy goods for the Lunar New Year.

Taiwan and China celebrate Lunar New Year amid vastly different COVID levels


Taiwan has reopened to international travel, and has lifted some other restrictions, as people celebrate Lunar New Year with family and friends.

Lantern display at Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai.

China’s last remaining lantern craftspeople uphold a waning tradition

Smoke in front of a man, with remnants of firecrackers on the ground

Why a medical interpreter was surprised to see Vietnamese immigrant patients at California hospitals around Lunar New Year

Kelly Wong is one of the lion dance instructors at the New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club. Originally founded as a fraternal society, the Freemasons were among the first troupes in Chinatown to train women to lion dance.

In New York’s Lunar New Year parade, women are breaking barriers as lion dancers

Four members of the Huang family at a Chinese New Year celebration in the show "Fresh Off the Boat"

Millions of Americans celebrate Lunar New Year, but this episode of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ will be a network TV 1st

Korean grandmas get a surprise drum line performance while waiting for the bus in LA's Koreatown. The drumming celebration is now popular in Los Angeles, but it wasn't so much when it first started there in the late 1980s.

Koreatown’s ‘ghostbusters’ usher in good luck for the Year of the Goat


If you go to LA’s Koreatown neighborhood at the Lunar New Year, it’s hard to miss the loud and colorful drumming crew parading the streets wishing good luck to local businesses. It’s now a beloved tradition, but it wasn’t always that way.

A red envelope is given out during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Liverpool, England, on February 22, 2015.

LGBT couples turn a Lunar New Year tradition into a plea for acceptance


Red envelopes are a traditional gift in Chinese societies during the Lunar New Year, often given out by married couples to their single family members, but that tradition can be awkward for LGBT couples, who aren’t widely accepted. Now a Hong Kong group is using red envelopes for a different purpose.

Children look at a light display for Chinese New Year outside Kuala Lumpur.

Chinese New Year should be a big deal for me. It’s not, and I feel guilty


I want to preserve, to stave off the generational attrition of culture. I want to celebrate loudly, bombastically, and unapologetically, like my parents did in Taiwan. Should I do something, maybe wear red, go out? Or stay at home and just watch Netflix?

Birds fly across the sky on a polluted day in Wuhan, Hubei province, on February 16, 2015.

Where’s the perch? These birds might be flying for longer than they expected


Seeing The News: Pictures of China’s polluted skies aren’t uncommon, but the images are never less than striking.