Chinese Lunar New Year10

A woman prays with her joss sticks at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore. Each year, at the stroke of midnight, hundreds of people vie to be the first to place joss sticks in an urn at the temple to mark an auspicious start to their year. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).

Filipino-Chinese light incense as they offer prayers and wishes on the eve of the Chinese New Year inside a Buddhist temple in Manila February 18, 2015. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).

Worshippers wearing sheep caps make their first offerings inside Wong Tai Sin Temple, one of the busiest temples in Hong Kong, moments before the Lunar New Year. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 welcomes the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).

A woman hangs a paper crane with her wish written on it during Chinese New Year eve celebrations at Chinatown in Manila. The Chinese Lunar New Year on February 19 will welcome the Year of the Sheep (also known as the Year of the Goat or Ram).