The Year of the Goat (or Sheep or Ram) started on 19 February. The following 15 days are known as the Spring Festival. During this period, people flock to temple fairs in public parks to watch traditional performances such as dragon dances and Chinese opera.

Award-winning photojournalist Kevin Frayer captures the colour of Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing.

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Performers wearing traditional costumes prepare to appear in a Spring Festival celebration at a Temple Fair in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
Performers re-enact a Qing Dynasty ceremony at the Temple of Heaven in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
An actress laughs backstage at a Temple Fair in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A Chinese performer waits for her turn to perform at a Temple Fair in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
An actor stands backstage before performing in Spring Festival celebrations at a Temple Fair in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
Spectators film performers taking part in Spring Festival celebrations at a Temple Fair in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A performer wearing traditional clothing waits to appear in a Spring Festival celebrationKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
Performers take off their costumes backstage after performing in Spring Festival celebrations at a Temple Fair in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A girl eats candy floss as the sun sets on the lake at Yuanmingyuan, or the Old Summer Palace, in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
Chinese paramilitary police officers line up while guarding the Temple of HeavenKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A man takes pictures of trees after snowfall at the Temple of HeavenKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A woman poses for a photo in the snow at the Temple of HeavenKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A labourer carries a shovel after a light snowfall at the Temple of HeavenKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A Chinese paramilitary police officer takes a selfie in front of snow-covered trees in the grounds of the Temple of Heaven in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
Artists perform a fire dragon dance at an amusement park in Beijing during celebrations for the Lunar New YearKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
Sparks fly during a dragon dance at an amusement park in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A woman holds incense while praying with others at the Yonghegong Lama TempleKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A man is shrouded in smoke as he lights a stick of incense at the Yonghegong Lama Temple in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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A Chinese man reacts as firecrackers he lit explode during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
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A boy runs with sparklers during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A security guard checks his smartphone as fireworks explode during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images
Chinese new year spring festival
A police officer watches over a crowd of travellers heading home for the Spring Festival from a railway station in BeijingKevin Frayer/Getty Images