Chinese New Year
Grand Gala start to the Year of the Dragon as thousands packed the streets of Chinatown to soak up the atmosphere and usher in the new year.For Chinese man : "For me, this is my first spring festival here. I expect to see more Chinese traditional (performances) like the dragon show. I expect it would be very exciting."The area was also a hit with tourists.
People all across the People's Republic of China and throughout the Chinese diaspora are preparing to mark the start of the new year on Sunday. Chinese President Hu Jintao visited grassroots cadres and people in Beijing on Sunday, the eve of the Spring Festival, extending greetings to them and celebrating with them the lunar New Year.With the traditional Chinese Spring Festival around the corner, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has delivered a message wishing the Chinese people Happy New Year.
"I sent my warmest congratulations on this auspicious celebration. The New Year is time for families and friends to come together. It is a season of renewal. The year of the dragon reminds us of our dynamism, our energy, our power to make a difference," Ban said in the video message.
"Let us, in this spirit, work throughout this year to help those who are suffering to advance peace and to build a future we want. Happy New Year to all of you!" he said.