Today marks the beginning of the observance of the Chinese New Year. During the Lunar New Year period, which begins on the second new moon at the start of the year and ends on a full moon fifteen days later, Chinese people will gather in temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune as they celebrate the year of the monkey, the ninth animal on the Chinese zodiac calendar.

Festivities are also observed by Vietnamese and Koreans, as well as Tibetans, whose first day of celebration falls on Tuesday. According to the Associated Press "in Beijing, many are visiting traditional fairs held in parks, as well as Buddhist and Taoist temples offering singing and dance performances and open-air markets selling handicrafts.” 

NEW CHINESE YEAR1 A young woman touches a statue of a stone monkey for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Monkey at Baiyun Temple, in Beijing, China, February 8, 2016. Tens of thousands of worshippers visited the ancient Taoist temple in China's capital commemorate the Year of the Monkey. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Check out these motivational messages to celebrate the magical and traditional holiday that is known as the Spring Festival in China.

"A good fortune may forebode a bad luck, which may in turn disguise a good fortune." — Chinese Proverb

“To have principles, first have courage.”— Chinese Proverb

"Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still." — Chinese Proverb

"Kindness is the best quality of the soul."— Chinese Proverb

NEW CHINESE YEAR People burn incense and pray for good fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Monkey at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing, China, February 8, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

“If you always give, you will always have.”— Chinese Proverb

"Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still."— Chinese Proverb

“If you hurry through long days, you will hurry through short years.”— Chinese Proverb

“Don’t waste your hour; the sun sets soon.”— Chinese Proverb

"If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow."— Chinese Proverb

"With Εach passing Μoments, let υs embrace the Νew Year with Α brighter, cοlorful, Αnd joyous future. Ηappy New Year! " — Chinese Proverb