Billedserie: Godt, kinesisk nytår!

Chinese performers during a traditional Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good fortune, during Lunar New Year festivities at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing on January 31, 2014. China welcomed in the Year of the Horse which sees about 3.62 billion trips made by Chinese travelers during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period. Foto: Mark Ralston/Scanpix

I dag er det kinesisk nytår, som markerer indgangen til hestens år

Så er det tid til fyrværkeri, stjernekastere, optog og fest. I dag er det kinesisk nytår, også kaldet forårsfestival eller månenytår, for i den kinesiske kalender begynder en ny måned, når der er nymåne.

Nytåret er en af de helt store, kinesiske helligdage. Det fejres af kinesere i hele verden. Festen varer i 15 dage og slutter med en lanternefestival. Det nye år hedder hestens år.

Se billeder af kinesisk nytårsfest i billedserien her

A couple hold fireworks as they sit together on a bench in Lanzhou, northwest China's Gansu province, on January 30, 2014, on the eve of the Lunar New Year. China is preparing to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Horse which falls on January 31. Foto: Wang Zhao/Scanpix
A handout pictur released by the Dharma Drum Mountain Monastery shows Buddhist monks hitting a giant bell at the Dharma Drum Mountain monastery in Jiinshan District, New Taipei City, northern Taiwan, 30 January 2014, to usher in the new year. The bronze bell, 4.5 metre tall, weighs 25 tons and is inscribed with The Lotus Sutra. The Chinese New Year, or Year of the Horse, begins on 31 January 2014. Foto: Dharma Drum/Mountain Monastery/Scanpix
Folk dancers hold horse models as they prepare to take part in a traditional horse dance on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at the Longtan park in Beijing January 31, 2014. Foto: Kim Kyung Hoon/Scanpix
Thean Hou Temple lights up with lanterns on the eve of the Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysian ethnic Chinese people visit the Thean Hou Temple for prayer on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year. This year Chinese all around the world will celebrate the Year of the Horse according to Chinese Lunar calendar. Foto: Shamsul Ismin/Scanpix
Tibetan monks walk for a New Year ceremony on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple, in Beijing, January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31. Foto: Jason Lee/Scanpix
Visitors arrive during the opening hours of a temple park to mark the Lunar New Year in Beijing, China 31 January 2014. China is celebrating the country's main annual holiday, the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year of the Horse according to the traditional twelve year zodiac cycle. Foto: Rolex Dela Pena/Scanpix
A horse-shaped sugar figurine is seen at a temple fair celebrating the Lunar New Year, known as the Spring Festival, in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan Province, Jan. 31, 2014. The Lunar New Year begins on Jan. 31 and marks the start of the Year of the Horse, according to the Chinese zodiac. Foto: Xinhua/Scanpix
Dragon dancers walk the streets of Chinatown, on the eve of Chinese New Year in Binondo district, Manila on 30 January 2014. Various activities happen at the streets of Manila Chinatown as Filipino-Chinese citizens celebrate the Year of the Wooden Horse in the Chinese Lunar calendar. Foto: NurPhoto/Scanpix
Worshippers burn incense and pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the Chinese New Year of the horse in Hong Kong on January 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across to pray for good luck and fortune for the new year. Foto: Philippe Lopez/Scanpix