Chinese New Year decorations
Media playback is unsupported on your device

China's New Year adds economic spark to festive cheer

Today's the first day of Chinese New Year, with many of the Chinese community in Asia will be taking time off to celebrate.

It is the year of the dragon, a mythical creature considered auspicious in Chinese culture.

Even though celebrations throughout Asia are different, it all gives a boost to the local economy, as the BBC's Sharanjit Leyl reports.

  • 23 Jan 2012