Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
Performers spray molten iron to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Anyang, Henan province, China, February 1, 2017 Reuters

Millions of Chinese people around the world celebrated the Chinese New Year and welcomed the Year of the Rooster. People celebrated the new year, also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, with traditional dragon dance, lion dance and countless firecrackers. Many welcomed the New Year by lighting incense sticks and praying at temples to wish for an auspicious beginning.

They clean their houses and decorate them with beautiful lights and lanterns. People also visit their friends and relatives to enjoy the New Year together. Children are traditionally given red envelopes with money inside which they sleep with under their pillows.

It is said to bring good fortune and happiness in their lives. IBT Singapore has compiled a series of all the colourful festivities in different parts of the world.

Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
A performer dressed as a rooster plays with a girl during a temple fair at Badachu park as the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Rooster, is celebrated in Beijing, China, January 31, 2017. Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
Children play Lusheng (reed-pipe wind instrument) during the Chinese Lunar New year holiday, in Rongshui, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, January 30, 2017. Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
Ethnic Dong women wearing traditional costumes as they celebrate the Chinese lunar new year, in Liping, Guizhou province, China, January 29, 2017 Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
People walk on stilts as they perform to celebrate the Chinese New Year of Rooster at a temple fair in Beijing, China, January 29, 2017. Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
A folk artist performs during a temple fair at Daguanyuan park as the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Rooster, is celebrated in Beijing, China January 30, 2017. Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
People wearing costumes as they perform to celebrate the Chinese New Year of Rooster at a temple fair in Beijing, China, January 29, 2017. Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
People burn incense to celebrate the Lunar New Year at a Buddhist temple in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous region, China Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations across the globe
Men watch a cockfight at an event organised to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the year of the Rooster on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations across the globe
A performer in traditional costume waits for her turn to go on stage at Longtan park in Beijing Reuters
Chinese New Year 2017: Glimpses of colourful spring festival celebrations in China
People perform a fire dragon dance under a shower of sparks from molten iron during the Chinese Lunar New Year holidays in Wuhan, Hubei province, China January 30, 2017. Reuters