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Chinese New Year celebrations around the world

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Happy Year of the Horse! People gathered around the world this week to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, which began on Jan. 31.

  • Mainland Chinese tourists watch a dragon dance at

    Vincent Yu / The Associated Press

    Mainland Chinese tourists watch a dragon dance at "The Ruins of St. Paul's," a tourist spot, during the second day of the Chinese New Year in Macau, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. The Lunar New Year this year marks the Year of the Horse in the Chinese calendar.

  • In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 photo, Chinese New Year decorations with a golden horse are displayed outside a building in Hong Kong. Hong Kong expected 7.93 million visitors for New Year celebrations, more than territory's permanent population of 7.1 million.

    Vincent Yu / The Associated Press

    In this Monday, Jan. 27, 2014 photo, Chinese New Year decorations with a golden horse are displayed outside a building in Hong Kong. Hong Kong expected 7.93 million visitors for New Year celebrations, more than territory's permanent population of 7.1 million.

  • People watch a dragon dance at the Thien Hau temple in Los Angeles, on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

    Nick Ut / The Associated Press

    People watch a dragon dance at the Thien Hau temple in Los Angeles, on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

  • Lion dancers perform during the Asian Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, in Roosevelt Park, in New York's Chinatown, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

    Richard Drew / The Associated Press

    Lion dancers perform during the Asian Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival, in Roosevelt Park, in New York's Chinatown, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

  • A man burns incense sticks and prays to mark the Lunar New Year at the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, B.C., late Thursday, January 30, 2014. Thousands of people gathered at the temple to celebrate the beginning of the new year.

    Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press

    A man burns incense sticks and prays to mark the Lunar New Year at the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, B.C., late Thursday, January 30, 2014. Thousands of people gathered at the temple to celebrate the beginning of the new year.

  • A man is framed by burning incense sticks as he prays to mark the Lunar New Year at the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, B.C., during the early morning hours of Friday, January 31, 2014.

    Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press

    A man is framed by burning incense sticks as he prays to mark the Lunar New Year at the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, B.C., during the early morning hours of Friday, January 31, 2014.

  • Chinese Lion dancers perform amid exploding fire crackers during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kolkata, India on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

    Bikas Das / The Associated Press

    Chinese Lion dancers perform amid exploding fire crackers during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kolkata, India on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

  • Two divers perform the underwater Chinese lion dance in front of visitors on the first day of Chinese New Year celebrations at Aquaria KLCC underwater park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.

    Daniel Chan / The Associated Press

    Two divers perform the underwater Chinese lion dance in front of visitors on the first day of Chinese New Year celebrations at Aquaria KLCC underwater park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday.

  • A fire-eater performs in front of a business establishment in celebration of Chinese New Year at Manila's Chinatown district of Binondo, Philippines on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

    Bullit Marquez / The Associated Press

    A fire-eater performs in front of a business establishment in celebration of Chinese New Year at Manila's Chinatown district of Binondo, Philippines on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.

  • Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

    Vincent Yu / The Associated Press

    Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

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