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Chinese New Year celebrations around the world

Chinese New Year celebrations around the world

China marks Lunar New Year with prayers, incense, fireworks

The Chinese Lunar New Year kicked off Saturday ushering in the beginning of the Year of Rooster and the beginning of spring.

According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Rooster are brave, responsible and punctual.

Thousands visited Beijing’s major temples on Saturday, the first day of the Year of the Rooster. Wearing heavy winter coats, they lit incense sticks and bowed as they prayed for good fortune and health. As many as 80,000 people were expected at the Lama Temple in central Beijing, state television reported.

People perform a fire dragon dance in a shower of molten iron which sparks like fireworks in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 28, 2017. Photo: Xinhua/Xiong Qi

People perform a fire dragon dance in a shower of molten iron which sparks like fireworks in Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province, Jan. 28, 2017. Photo: Xinhua/Xiong Qi

Across Asia and the world, revelers set off firecrackers, chowed on dumplings, dressed and danced in traditional costumes and pray at shrines.

Millions are expected to attend the festival across the world over the next two weeks.

Large crowds gathered in Hong Kong and Malaysia on Friday night to celebrate Lunar New Year.

Filipino-Chinese students with rooster hats gesture after tossing a coin in front of a Prosperity Tree display, which is believed to bring good luck and fortune, on Lunar New Year celebrations at the Lucky Chinatown mall in Binondo city, metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

Filipino-Chinese students with rooster hats gesture after tossing a coin in front of a Prosperity Tree display, which is believed to bring good luck and fortune, on Lunar New Year celebrations at the Lucky Chinatown mall in Binondo city, metro Manila, Philippines January 26, 2017. Photo: Romeo Ranoco/Reuters

In Rio de Janeiro, crowds watched a dragon dance and a performance of tai chi in front of a picture of Rio’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue.

In celebration of the Year of the Fire Rooster, New York brought in the holiday with fireworks Thursday night over the Hudson River.

Fireworks explode over the Hudson River celebrating the Lunar New Year in New York, Jan. 26, 2017

Fireworks explode over the Hudson River celebrating the Lunar New Year in New York, Jan. 26, 2017

In Washington DC, thousands of people filled the courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum Saturday for a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, which featured dragon dances and other traditional Chinese folk art forms.

Performers take part in a night parade to celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The Lunar New Year this year marks the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Performers take part in a night parade to celebrate Chinese New Year in Hong Kong, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. The Lunar New Year this year marks the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar. Photo: AP Photo/Vincent Yu

In Brussels, a special parade was organized by the Chinese Embassy in Belgium and the municipal government of Brussels to celebrate the New Year. Chinese Ambassador to Belgium Qu Xing said that Chinese New Year activities help people of other countries better understand Chinese culture and the Chinese New Year is playing an ever increasing important role in the world.

People take part in the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in downtown Brussels, Belgium, on Jan. 28, 2017. Photo: Xinhua/Gong Bing

People take part in the Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in downtown Brussels, Belgium, on Jan. 28, 2017. Photo: Xinhua/Gong Bing

Hong Kong held its annual Chinese New Year Night Parade 2017 on the main roads of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, on Jan. 28. The parade, sponsored by Cathay Pacific International, featured an array of overseas performances — stilt walkers, cheerleaders and folk dances — and present local performances from traditional lion dances to magic shows, percussion and modern dances to entertain spectators and tourists.

People dressed as cartoon figures participate in the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong, south China, Jan. 28, 2017. Photo: Xinhua/Wang Shen

People dressed as cartoon figures participate in the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong Kong, south China, Jan. 28, 2017. Photo: Xinhua/Wang Shen

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