Year of the Rat 2008
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Worldwide Celebrations of Year of the Rat 2008

Manila, Philippines

A Filipino performer jumps to avoid fire crakers at Manila’s Chinatown. (Aaron Favila / Associated Press)
Manila, Philippines

Filipino performers do a dragon dance at Manila’s Chinatown on Feb. 7 as they celebrate the Year of the Rat. (AARON FAVILA, Associated Press)
Manila, Philippines

A performer marshals a dragon mask during the new year celebration. (AARON FAVILA, Associated Press)
Manila, Phillippines

A vendor holds up a golden rat figurine costing roughly $1for sale at a street stall in Manila’s Chinatown district on Feb. 5. (JAY DIRECTO, AFP/Getty Images)
London, England

Members of London’s Chinese community decorate the streets of Chinatown in west London on Feb. 5. (SHAUN CURRY, AFP/Getty Images)
London, England

Lanterns are seen hanging as traffic makes its way past Chinatown on Feb. 5, the day before the city celebrates the new year. (Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images)
Sydney, Australia

A group of performers participates in the 2008 Chinese New Parade on Feb. 10. The parade involved 2,500 performers in one of the largest celebrations of Chinese New Year outside of Asia. (Gaye Gerard, Getty Images)
Sydney, Australia

A performer poses for a photograph in Hyde Park ahead of the 2008 Chinese New Parade on Feb. 10. (Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images)
Sydney, Australia

Another performer poses before the big Chinatown parade. (Lisa Maree Williams, Getty Images)
Mexico City, Mexico

Dancers perform the dragon dance in celebration of the Year of the Rat on Feb. 8. (Alexandre Meneghini, Associated Press)
Mexico City, Mexico

A boy stands next to a dancer dressed as a Chinese lion during the celebrations of the Year of the Rat in the city’s Chinatown. (Alexandre Meneghini, Associated Press)
Singapore

A shopkeeper holds up a festive traditional red paper cutting with the Chinese words “bringing wealth,” a common Chinese New Year decoration. (HOW HWEE YOUNG, EPA)
Bangkok, Thailand

Golden decorative rats on sale in the city’s Chinatown. (BARBARA WALTON, EPA)
Bangkok, Thailand

A Thai-Chinese man with chickens and ducks prays for good luck and health through the next year during the Chinese New Year celebrations. (NARONG SANGNAK, xx)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

People gather at the city’s small Chinatown during Chinese New Year celebrations on Feb. 3. (Natacha Pisarenko, Associated Press)
New York

A man taunts a dragon with a stuffed rat during the Chinatown Lunar New Year parade on Feb. 10. (Kathy Willens, Associated Press)
New York

A group of children try to catch confetti during the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade Feb. 10. The Chinese New Year of the Rat began on February 7. (Chris McGrath, Getty Images)
New York

A performer prays during the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on Feb. 10. (Chris McGrath, Getty Images)
New York

Members of the Wang Chi Ming Hung Gar Institute, a martial arts group, parade through the streets during the Chinatown Lunar New Year parade on Feb. 10. (Kathy Willens, Associated Press)
New York

Students from An’s Tai Kwon Do school demonstrate their martial arts skills for crowds along Mott Street during the Chinatown Lunar New Year parade on Feb. 10. (Kathy Willens, Associated Press)
New York

A woman places a red packet, possibly containing money or chocolates, into the mouth of a lion figure during the Chinatown Lunar New Year parade in New York on Feb. 10. The money is believed to suppress evil spirits. (Kathy Willens, Associated Press)
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