The lion still reigns

It may be the year of the Horse, but traditional lion dance performances are still a key part of Chinese New Year celebrations around the world.

Many Chinese establishments engage lion dance troupes to help usher in the new year as the lion dance is believed to dispel bad spirits and bring good fortune.

The lively performances, with accompanying drumbeats, gongs and loud firecrackers, add to the festive atmosphere and attract large crowds to partake in the celebrations.

Take a look at the following gallery and find out how lion dance performances differ in other countries.