SLIDESHOW: Filipino-Chinese community welcomes Year of the Sheep


Posted at Feb 21 2015 10:34 AM | Updated as of Feb 23 2015 07:40 PM

Manila turned red as the Filipino-Chinese community welcomed the Year of the Sheep on February 19, 2015.

Many Filipino-Chinese started the year by offering prayers in different Chinese temples around the country.

Buddhists and Taoist temples were filled with people paying respects to their ancestors and praying for a prosperous year.

Manila's Chinatown came alive with colorful parades accompanied by loud drumbeats and deafening firecrackers the entire day.

Lion and dragon dance performers dominated the streets of Binondo, not just to bring luck but to provide entertainment, with the crowd not missing the opportunity of having their photos taken with these famous icons.

People were seen shopping for lucky charms and specialty food like "tikoy" (rice cakes) based on a Chinese belief that these will bring good fortune, wealth, and prosperity.

Here are snapshots of different activities welcoming the Lunar New Year.

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