Happy Year of the Horse!
Lanterns are nice and all… but everyone’s really in it for the BenjaMaos. Here they are in a typical hongbao Red Envelope.
The lion dance features pairs of performers acrobatically dancing to the beat of drums and cymbals.
Likewise the Dragon Dance can involve a half-dozen or more performers making the dragon chase its golden ball around the arena.
Door blessings, or fu, are typically hung upside-down (倒） in all parts of China to ensure that luck will “arrive” （到） … except the southern Cantonese-speaking regions, where doing so would only “pour” （倒） the luck away.
Finally, a look at the Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches system that gives rise to the names of the years. Note that the Stems repeat at the end, since there are only 10 of them (5 elements, and the Yang [light color] and Yin [dark color] of each), versus the 12 zodiac branches…