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For many Asian-Americans, today marks the start of the Chinese lunar calendar but in other time zones things are already hopping. In China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Korea, the Chinese New Year was ushered in with family gatherings and fireworks extravaganzas – an age-old custom to ward off evil spirits and beckon good fortune.
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The night parade in Hong Kong, featured performers pushing a rabbit-shaped decorated float, celebrating the Year of the Rabbit.
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It is customary for Buddhist believers to gather at a temple where they vie and place incense sticks in an urn at midnight, marking an auspicious start to the new year. Seen here are Buddhists from Singapore waiting their turn.
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Dressed in hare gear, to the left, are children from the Philippines, reacting to a performance during festivities at Manila’s Chinatown district of Binondo. Also decked out in pink, at right, is a Chinese dragon dancing in an alley during celebrations marking the Chinese New Year in Calcutta, India. Calcutta has a small Chinese community that made an entry into the city in the late 18th century.