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Chinese Lunar New Year marked with celebration, ceremony

Updated : 2019-02-07 12:09:39

From the dragon dancers parading through Yangon to the fire-eaters entertaining crowds in Manila, millions of people across Asia are ringing in the Lunar New Year.

The Lunar New Year is celebrated across the continent, from Vietnam, where it is known as Tet, to South Korea, where it is called Seollal. Celebrants take part in religious rituals, community events and family reunions.

People flock to temples to light incense sticks to pray for good fortune and health. Everywhere, the color red dominates — on lanterns, clothing and signs.

At a temple in China, performers dress in elaborate costumes from the Qing Dynasty.

In North Korea's capital, crowds celebrate by bowing and placing flowers before statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

Images of cute swine abound as this year marks the year of the pig, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac's rotating cycle.

In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, dragon dance performers snake through the crowd during the celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district of Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, dragon dance performers snake through the crowd during the celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district of Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this Friday, February 1, 2019, photo, children play with live Teacup pigs, a rare pet in the country, ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown area of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this Friday, February 1, 2019, photo, children play with live Teacup pigs, a rare pet in the country, ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown area of Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, people light sticks of incense in a cauldron as they pray at the Lama Temple in Beijing. Chinese people are celebrating the first day of the Lunar New Year on Tuesday, the Year of the Pig on the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, people light sticks of incense in a cauldron as they pray at the Lama Temple in Beijing. Chinese people are celebrating the first day of the Lunar New Year on Tuesday, the Year of the Pig on the Chinese zodiac. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, a woman holds sticks of incense as she prays at the Lama Temple in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, a woman holds sticks of incense as she prays at the Lama Temple in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, people hold sticks of incense as they pray at the Lama Temple in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, people hold sticks of incense as they pray at the Lama Temple in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, people hold floral bouquets and sticks of incense as they pray at the Lama Temple in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, people hold floral bouquets and sticks of incense as they pray at the Lama Temple in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, people visit statues of North Korean late leaders, Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il, to lay bouquets of flowers on the Lunar New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, people visit statues of North Korean late leaders, Kim Il Sung and his son Kim Jong Il, to lay bouquets of flowers on the Lunar New Year in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, Indonesian ethnic Chinese hold incense sticks as they pray during the celebration of the Lunar New Year at a temple on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, Indonesian ethnic Chinese hold incense sticks as they pray during the celebration of the Lunar New Year at a temple on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, Malaysian ethnic Chinese burns joss sticks as he prays at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, Malaysian ethnic Chinese burns joss sticks as he prays at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, performers are silhouetted as they stand during a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair at Ditan Park in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, performers are silhouetted as they stand during a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair at Ditan Park in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, a performer dressed as an emperor, center, participates in a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair in Ditan Park in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, a performer dressed as an emperor, center, participates in a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair in Ditan Park in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, participants take part in a flame-breathing lion dance during the Lunar New Year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, participants take part in a flame-breathing lion dance during the Lunar New Year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, multiple dragon dances take part in Lunar New Year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, multiple dragon dances take part in Lunar New Year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, North Korean refugee woman prays for her ancestors in North Korea as she visits the border to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In the Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, North Korean refugee woman prays for her ancestors in North Korea as she visits the border to celebrate the Lunar New Year at the Imjingak Pavilion, near the demilitarized zone of Panmunjom, in Paju, South Korea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese Thai devotees burn incense sticks and pray at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand. In Bangkok where dusty smog has clogged the city's air in recent weeks, most ignored government recommendations to burn less and went ahead with their Lunar New Year celebrations by lighting incense sticks and paper offerings for their ancestors. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, ethnic Chinese Thai devotees burn incense sticks and pray at a temple in Bangkok, Thailand. In Bangkok where dusty smog has clogged the city's air in recent weeks, most ignored government recommendations to burn less and went ahead with their Lunar New Year celebrations by lighting incense sticks and paper offerings for their ancestors. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)
DIn this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, dancers perform traditional lion and dragon dances in celebration of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
DIn this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, dancers perform traditional lion and dragon dances in celebration of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, fire-eater performs during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district of Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, fire-eater performs during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district of Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, crowds jostle to grab festive items being thrown at them during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
In this Tuesday, February 5, 2019, photo, crowds jostle to grab festive items being thrown at them during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district in Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
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