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Lunar new year 中国农历新年

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COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE CELEBRATING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHINESE NEW YEAR. IN THE RUN-UP, CHINA HAS SEEN AN ANNUAL MASS TRAVEL RUSH OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GET HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES FOR THE FESTIVITIES.

AT YONGHEGONG LAMA TEMPLE IN BEIJING PEOPLE BURNED INCENSE TO PRAY FOR GOOD FORTUNE ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR.

COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD ARE CELEBRATING THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, ALSO KNOWN AS THE CHINESE NEW YEAR.

FIREWORKS LIT UP THE SKYLINE OF THE CHINESE CAPITAL AT MIDNIGHT ON MONDAY - THE START OF THE NEW YEAR. IT IS ALSO WIDELY KNOWN AS SPRING FESTIVAL IN CHINA.
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AND A NEW YEAR PROCESSION WAS ALSO HELD THROUGH CHINATOWN IN THE SPANISH CAPITAL, MADRID.

PERFORMERS IN TRADITIONAL COSTUMES LED THE CELEBRATIONS DURING THE OPENING OF A TEMPLE IN BEIJING.

IN INDONESIA, SOLDIERS PERFORMED A DRAGON DANCE IN FRONT OF A TEMPLE IN THE JAVAN CITY OF SEMARANG. THIS YEAR IS THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON, ACCORDING TO THE CHINESE ZODIAC.

TRADITIONAL FOODS WERE ON SALE IN THIS MARKET IN THE TAIWANESE CAPITAL, TAIPEI.

BEFORE THE DRAGON YEAR BEGAN, LAST-MINUTE SHOPPERS BROWSED HONG KONG'S SPECIAL MARKETS SELLING TRADITIONAL NEW YEAR GIFTS - MUCH OF IT IN RED, WHICH IS CONSIDERED A LUCKY COLOUR.
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IN THE RUN-UP TO THE LUNAR NEW YEAR, CHINA HAS SEEN THE ANNUAL MASS TRAVEL RUSH OF PEOPLE TRYING TO GET HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES FOR THE FESTIVITIES. TRAIN STATIONS AND BUS STATIONS AS WELL AS AIRPORTS HAVE BEEN CROWDED WITH TRAVELLERS OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS.

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