Year of the Ox
A man lights candles in a temple during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations to mark the Year of the Ox in Chinatown in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 26, 2009. (REUTERS/Enny Nuraheni).
Today is the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, met with celebrations and observations by ethnic Chinese and others around the world. This year, we welcome the Year of the Ox, the sign representing solemn hard work and prosperity – an animal that appears aptly symbolic for these difficult times. Millions of people traveled long distances to be with family during this Spring Festival, choking transit systems in China especially. Collected here are photographs of people celebrating and preparing for this Lunar New Year festivities. (35 photos total)