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Chinese New Year was celebrated at the Lasipalatsi Square in Kamppi starting from 16:00 on Wednesday afternoon. Hundreds of people gathered at the square to enjoy the performances, the food and the New Year countdown at 18:00 when the year turned from the year of Horse to the year of the Goat/Sheep.

People born in a year of the Goat are generally believed to be gentle mild-mannered, shy, stable, sympathetic, amicable, and brimming with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice.

Here are some of the highlights of the late-afternoon celebration.

A chinese kungfu practioner displaying the skills of tiger style. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

A Chinese kungfu practioner displaying the skills of tiger style. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Dancers, reaching for the light. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Dancers, reaching for the light. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Yang Li and Cathy Zhang, 2, are curious about the crowd of hundreds surrounding them. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Yang Li and Cathy Zhang, 2, are curious about the crowd of hundreds surrounding them. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Women performing a traditional, elegant, Chinese dance. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Women performing a traditional, elegant, Chinese dance. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today