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Top Photo-Story for Planet China : Fireworks and dragon dances usher in Year of the Monkey

Chinese communities around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year. 
A series of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations 
have ushered in the Year of the Monkey. [Joshua Paul/AP]
The Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday for Chinese communities around the world.
 Here, people burn incense as they pray for good fortune [Reuters]

Colourful festivities get underway as communities 

around the world celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

From China to Mexico, colourful festivities got 
underway on Monday as people welcomed 
the first day of the Year of the Monkey. 

Dragon dancers perform in Manila's Chinatown district in the Philippines 
on the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. [Bullit Marquez/AP]

In China's capital Beijing the Lunar New Year was rung
 in by the striking of a large bell which is believed
 to help drive away bad luck and bring good fortune. 

Tens of thousands of worshippers gathered in temples to pray for good luck and fortune
 for the Year of Monkey. [Anthony Kwan/Getty Images]
In Mexico City, dragon dances
 took centre stage at the celebrations,
 whilst in Australia a dazzling fireworks 
display featured among the festivities.

The Chinese Lunar New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. [Reuters]
Fireworks explode in Beijing as people 
celebrate on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year. [Reuters]

The first ever Chinese New Year celebrations in Glasgow, Scotland,
were held in George Square [Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images]
A worker checks lanterns as part of decorations in preparations
or Chinese New Year celebrations. [Romeo Ranoco/Reuters]
Having a baby in the Year of the Monkey is generally
 thought to be more
auspicious than in that of its predecessor -
the Year of the Sheep [Andy Wong/AP]
Chinese performers dressed in traditional costumes participate in a cultural dance at Ditan Park
 to mark the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing. [Andy Wong/AP]
An estimated 2.91 billion journeys are expected to be made this year during the holiday period,
 traditionally a time for Chinese citizens to travel home and be with family and friends. [Reuters]

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