AP PHOTOS: Celebrating Lunar New Year around world

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A Chinese man prays for health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake, marked with a week-long Spring Festival holiday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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Lunar New Year is being celebrated in China and around the world.

Setting off fireworks to celebrate renewal and ward off evil spirits is a traditional part of the celebration. China virtually shuts down for the week as people visit with families in their hometowns.

Here's a collection of images from the holiday:

 
 
 

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