People around the globe are ringing in the Chinese New Year. This year, the celebration also known as the Lunar New Year begins on Feb. 16 and marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog.
The Chinese New Year, which is tied to the lunar calendar, doesn’t have a set date, but usually occurs in late January or February when the new moon is closest to the beginning of spring. The festivities mark one of the largest annual human migrations in the world, as millions of Chinese journey home to celebrate with family and friends.
Each new year is associated with one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. They’re also paired with one of five elements: wood, fire, earth, water and metal.
Those born into the Year of the Dog are defined by their loyalty to friends, family and responsibility, as well as their honest and just nature.
Here’s a look at this year’s celebrations around the world.