Here’s a look at some of the celebrations that took place around the world to herald the Year of the Rabbit.
Wishing all readers a happy new year and trust you did not eat quite as much honeyed pork or spring rolls as I did!
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Los Angeles, United States
The Golden Dragon Parade at the Chinatown New Year's Festival in Los Angeles. Pic: Huffington Post.
Koh Samui, Thailand
Chinese New Year 2011 in the village of Maenam, Koh Samui - Thailand. Photo jacques Herremans. Samuizoom.com
Locals burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing February 3, 2011. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic
Worshippers light incense on the first day of Chinese New Year at Wuquanshan temple in Lanzhou February 3, 2011. REUTERS/Aly Song
NANJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 2: An artist performs fire breathing at Xuanwu Lake Park to greet the Chinesee New Year on February 2, 2011 in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province of China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
In this picture, Cambodian Chinese community people perform a dragon dance in front of the Royal Palace, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. AP Photo / Heng Smith. http://news.uk.msn.com
A vendor sells images of the God of Fortune in Hong Kong. AP Photo / Kin Cheung http://news.uk.msn.com
A fire-eater performs before a crowd during festivities at Manila's Chinatown district of Binondo. AP Photo / Bullit Marquez http://news.uk.msn.com
Buddhists wait to place incense sticks in an urn at a local Chinese Buddhist temple in Singapore. AP Photo / Wong Maye-E http://news.uk.msn.com
Performers mark the Chinese New Year 2011 with a traditional Chinese Lion Dance in the China Town district of London, Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Thursday heralds the start of the Chinese Year of the Rabbit. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
New York City, United States
People try to touch a replica of a golden bowl for good luck during the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in New York, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)