People worldwide embrace Dragon Year Spring Festival celebration

Xinhua | Updated: 2024-02-13 13:56
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A girl poses for photos with a dragon-shaped light decoration during a lantern show in Kathmandu, Nepal, Feb 7, 2024. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING -- The Chinese dragon, also known as the "loong," is prominent in Chinese mythology as a legendary and auspicious creature. Unlike their European counterparts, Chinese dragons don't exhale fire. Instead, they are often linked with water, symbolizing traits associated with business prosperity, abundant harvests and good health.

As the totem of the Chinese nation, the dragon is deemed strong, fearless and benevolent, said Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Spring Festival greetings to all Chinese.

This year's Chinese Spring Festival coincides with the Year of the Dragon, adding extra excitement to global celebrations. It also allows people to satisfy their curiosity about Chinese culture and get acquainted with China's customs and history.

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