Billions of people have begun their 15-day celebration of the Lunar New Year.
The Lunar New Year is one of the most popular holidays in China, though it is celebrated all across the Asian continent and in pockets of ethnic communities around the globe. How China is celebrating Lunar New Year In the second most populous country of the world, Chinese locals, along with tourists, gathered to observe the holiday by setting off firecrackers and fireworks. How the U.S. is marking Lunar New Year A continent away, Asian communities in the U.S. are also commemorating the joyous occasion. Other communities, like that of Monterey Park, are healing from the heartache of tragedy as they commemorate the one year anniversary of the shooting that left 11 dead and injured another nine at a local ballroom dance studio during Lunar New Year celebrations. Indonesia's Lunar New Year festivities In Indonesia, families traditionally go to their local temple to mark the beginning of the Lunar New Year. How the U.K. is celebrating the Lunar New Year The London Chinatown Chinese Association is hosting a parade in honor of the holiday, set to take place on Sunday, Feb. 11. "As the Year of the Dragon begins, I want to thank London's East and South East Asian communities for everything they contribute to our city," wrote London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a post on X. "Wishing you all-and everyone celebrating across our capital and around the world-a very Happy Lunar New Year.".