One festival, celebrated in many different styles

CHINA: A girl in Beijing admiring the numerous lanterns creating an explosion of colour in an otherwise grey winter landscape. Chinese New Year celebrations across China are scheduled to last a week, with millions of migrant workers returning to their hom
CHINA: A girl in Beijing admiring the numerous lanterns creating an explosion of colour in an otherwise grey winter landscape. Chinese New Year celebrations across China are scheduled to last a week, with millions of migrant workers returning to their hometowns for family reunions.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
AUSTRALIA:Sydney's Harbour Bridge providing a stunning backdrop for lion dancers in all their glorious pride.
AUSTRALIA:Sydney's Harbour Bridge providing a stunning backdrop for lion dancers in all their glorious pride. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
US: Lion dancers in Manhattan's Chinatown all set to give a roaring welcome to the new year.
US: Lion dancers in Manhattan's Chinatown all set to give a roaring welcome to the new year. PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
MYANMAR: A cheongsam-clad woman in Yangon striking a pose with festive lanterns.
MYANMAR: A cheongsam-clad woman in Yangon striking a pose with festive lanterns.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
HONG KONG:Performers warming up for a street parade on the eve of the new year.
HONG KONG:Performers warming up for a street parade on the eve of the new year.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
PHILIPPINES: Pooches in Manila all ready to usher in their year in Chinese-style tops.
PHILIPPINES: Pooches in Manila all ready to usher in their year in Chinese-style tops. PHOTO: REUTERS
SINGAPORE:Fireworks filling the air as the clock strikes 12 to mark the start of Chinese New Year at the River Hongbao celebrations.
SINGAPORE:Fireworks filling the air as the clock strikes 12 to mark the start of Chinese New Year at the River Hongbao celebrations. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Vibrant celebrations around the world marked the start of the Year of the Dog and the end of the Year of the Rooster. Chinese New Year festivities with lion and dragon dances, fireworks displays and street parties were held in cities from Beijing to New York and Sydney. The Sunday Times takes a look at some of them.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 18, 2018, with the headline 'One festival, celebrated in many different styles'. Print Edition | Subscribe