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2023 Chinese New Year Celebration in the World's Oldest Chinatown

January 22, 2023 Sunday Binondo, Manila, Philippines

Chinese New Year is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. In Chinese, the festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival as the spring season in the lunisolar calendar traditionally starts with lichun, the first of the twenty-four solar terms which the festival celebrates around the time of the Chinese New Year. Marking the end of winter and the beginning of the spring season, observances traditionally take place from New Year's Eve, the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year

Every Chinese New Year starts a new animal's zodiac year.. There are 12 Chinese zodiac animals. In order, the 12 animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig. 2023 is a year of the Rabbit. Your zodiac animal is decided by your birth year. 

A Chinatown is an ethnic enclave of Chinese people located outside Greater China, most often in an urban setting. Areas known as "Chinatown" exist throughout the world, including Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. The development of most Chinatowns typically resulted from mass migration to an area without any or with very few Chinese residents. Binondo in Manila, established in 1594, is recognized as the world's oldest Chinatown. 

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

2023 Chinese New Year in the World's Oldest Chinatown

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