On January 1, people across the world rang in 2019. But in many Asian communities, new year celebrations will soon begin again. This year, February 5 is the start of Chinese New Year. Instead of lasting one day, the holiday goes on for 15 days. People celebrate by exchanging gifts, having family dinners, and dancing in parades.
The biggest parade outside of Asia takes place in San Francisco, California. More than a million people flood the streets to watch fireworks, colorful floats, and dancers wearing elaborate costumes. The highlight of the parade is the 288-foot-long Golden Dragon. Nearly 200 people use poles to hold up the Golden Dragon and make it look like it’s dancing through the streets of San Francisco. In many Asian cultures, dragons are symbols of good luck.