Chinese New Year: Chinese communities celebrate Lunar New Year [Photos]

The Chinese Lunar New Year is being celebrated around the world with lanterns, performances, decorations and food.

People are bidding farewell to the Year of the Dog in the 12-year Chinese astrological cycle and welcoming the Year of the Pig with hopes of happiness and good fortune.

On the eve of the New Year, members of Chinese communities gathered for reunion dinners, gave red packets of money to children and lit firecrackers at midnight.

Earlier on Tuesday, the first day of the Year of the Pig, hundreds lined up outside famous temples to burn the first joss sticks of the year, expecting it to bring them good luck.

The streets were decorated, kiosks set up and traditional dragon dancers leapt in the air.

The colour red dominated the celebrations – on lanterns, clothes and signs. In homes and shops, pig dolls were displayed for the festival, which is also celebrated in Vietnam and by ethnic Chinese communities across Asia.

A performer dressed as an emperor participates in a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair in Ditan Park in Beijing. [Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo]

A performer dressed as an emperor participates in a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune at a temple fair in Ditan Park in Beijing. Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo
A group of ethnic Chinese Malaysians take a selfie by a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chinese around the world will be celebrating the start of the Year of the Pig in the Chinese lunar calendar. [Yam G-Jun/AP Photo]

A group of ethnic Chinese Malaysians take a selfie by a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Chinese around the world will be celebrating the start of the Year of the Pig in the Chinese lunar calendar. Yam G-Jun/AP Photo
Indonesian ethnic Chinese pray during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. [Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA]

Indonesian ethnic Chinese pray during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA
Children wearing costumes wait to perform during an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. [Reuters]

Children wearing costumes wait to perform during an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. Reuters
People pray and offer flowers and food inside the Lungshan Temple during the celebration in Taipei, Taiwan. [Ritchie B. Tondo/EPA]

People pray and offer flowers and food inside the Lungshan Temple during the celebration in Taipei, Taiwan. Ritchie B. Tondo/EPA
Performers on stilts watch a drum performance at Ditan Park in Beijing. During the holiday, which is also called Spring Festival, Chinese all over the world reunite with family members, visit friends and relatives, exchange gifts, give red envelopes of money to children, set off firecrackers and visit temples to pray for peace in the new year. [Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo]

Performers on stilts watch a drum performance at Ditan Park in Beijing. During the holiday, which is also called Spring Festival, Chinese all over the world reunite with family members, visit friends and relatives, exchange gifts, give red envelopes of money to children, set off firecrackers and visit temples to pray for peace in the new year. Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo
A woman lights incense while praying in a Chinese temple during the celebration in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand. [Jorge Silva/Reuters]

A woman lights incense while praying in a Chinese temple during the celebration in Chinatown in Bangkok, Thailand. Jorge Silva/Reuters
People burn incense sticks to pray for good fortune on the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, at a temple on Zhenwu Mountain in Xiangyang, Hubei province, China. [Reuters]

People burn incense sticks to pray for good fortune on the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, at a temple on Zhenwu Mountain in Xiangyang, Hubei province, China. Reuters
Performers wearing imperial costumes parade during Chinese Lunar New Year or Spring Festival celebration at Chinatown in Yangon, Myanmar. [Lynn Bo Bo/EPA]

Performers wearing imperial costumes parade during Chinese Lunar New Year or Spring Festival celebration at Chinatown in Yangon, Myanmar. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

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