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Lunar New Year celebrations

<p>Fireworks go off to mark the Lunar New Year, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA</p>

Fireworks go off to mark the Lunar New Year, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

Fireworks go off to mark the Lunar New Year, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

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<p>Children take part in activities to mark the Lunar New Year in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA</p>

Children take part in activities to mark the Lunar New Year in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

Children take part in activities to mark the Lunar New Year in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on January 31, 2014. REUTERS/KCNA

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<p>A boy gestures as dancers perform a Lion Dance in Chinatown during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Chinatown in Panama City January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso</p>

A boy gestures as dancers perform a Lion Dance in Chinatown during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Chinatown in Panama City January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

A boy gestures as dancers perform a Lion Dance in Chinatown during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Chinatown in Panama City January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

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<p>Firecrackers explode as members of the Chinese community perform a lion dance during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Kolkata January 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

Firecrackers explode as members of the Chinese community perform a lion dance during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Kolkata January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Firecrackers explode as members of the Chinese community perform a lion dance during the Chinese New Year celebrations in Kolkata January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Folk artistes on stilts dance during a folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

Folk artistes on stilts dance during a folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing...more

Folk artistes on stilts dance during a folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Dancers perform a fire dragon dance in the shower of molten iron spewing firework-like sparks during a folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

Dancers perform a fire dragon dance in the shower of molten iron spewing firework-like sparks during a folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year...more

Dancers perform a fire dragon dance in the shower of molten iron spewing firework-like sparks during a folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Worshipers burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year,  which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at Dafo temple in Chongqing municipality, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Worshipers burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at Dafo temple in Chongqing municipality, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Worshipers burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Horse, at Dafo temple in Chongqing municipality, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>People rush to plant the first incense stick of the Chinese New Year at the stroke of midnight at a temple in Singapore, early January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su</p>

People rush to plant the first incense stick of the Chinese New Year at the stroke of midnight at a temple in Singapore, early January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

People rush to plant the first incense stick of the Chinese New Year at the stroke of midnight at a temple in Singapore, early January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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<p>A man prays for good fortune while holding incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple, in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta</p>

A man prays for good fortune while holding incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple, in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

A man prays for good fortune while holding incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple, in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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<p>Indonesian men release sparrows from a cage to mark the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta</p>

Indonesian men release sparrows from a cage to mark the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Indonesian men release sparrows from a cage to mark the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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<p>Folk artists wear their stilts before their folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

Folk artists wear their stilts before their folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Folk artists wear their stilts before their folk art performance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival at the Happy Valley amusement park in Beijing, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Filipino-Chinese people perform a dragon and lion dance during the Chinese New Year celebration in Manila's Chinatown, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro</p>

Filipino-Chinese people perform a dragon and lion dance during the Chinese New Year celebration in Manila's Chinatown, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

Filipino-Chinese people perform a dragon and lion dance during the Chinese New Year celebration in Manila's Chinatown, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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<p>A performer blows fire during the Chinese New Year celebration in Manila's Chinatown, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro</p>

A performer blows fire during the Chinese New Year celebration in Manila's Chinatown, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

A performer blows fire during the Chinese New Year celebration in Manila's Chinatown, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

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<p>Folk dancers hold horse models as they prepare to take part in a traditional horse dance on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, at the Longtan park in Beijing, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

Folk dancers hold horse models as they prepare to take part in a traditional horse dance on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, at the Longtan park in Beijing, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Folk dancers hold horse models as they prepare to take part in a traditional horse dance on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, at the Longtan park in Beijing, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>People hold up incense sticks as they wait to plant the first incense stick of the new year during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su</p>

People hold up incense sticks as they wait to plant the first incense stick of the new year during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

People hold up incense sticks as they wait to plant the first incense stick of the new year during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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<p>A family holds up incense sticks as they pray during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su</p>

A family holds up incense sticks as they pray during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

A family holds up incense sticks as they pray during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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<p>A man takes picture of fireworks celebrating the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing, early January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

A man takes picture of fireworks celebrating the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing, early January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A man takes picture of fireworks celebrating the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing, early January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Revelers take photos of themselves during Chinese New Year celebrations ahead of the new year at Marina Bay in Singapore, January 29, 2014. The Lunar New Year which falls on January 31 marks the year of the horse.  REUTERS/Edgar Su</p>

Revelers take photos of themselves during Chinese New Year celebrations ahead of the new year at Marina Bay in Singapore, January 29, 2014. The Lunar New Year which falls on January 31 marks the year of the horse. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Revelers take photos of themselves during Chinese New Year celebrations ahead of the new year at Marina Bay in Singapore, January 29, 2014. The Lunar New Year which falls on January 31 marks the year of the horse. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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<p>A man sets off fireworks as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Shanghai, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

A man sets off fireworks as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Shanghai, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man sets off fireworks as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Shanghai, January 31, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A man holds burning dry grass in his mouth while spitting a flame as he performs a feat of his strength during the opening of the temple fair for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

A man holds burning dry grass in his mouth while spitting a flame as he performs a feat of his strength during the opening of the temple fair for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing, January...more

A man holds burning dry grass in his mouth while spitting a flame as he performs a feat of his strength during the opening of the temple fair for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Traditional dancers perform during the opening of the temple fair for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

Traditional dancers perform during the opening of the temple fair for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Traditional dancers perform during the opening of the temple fair for the Chinese New Year celebrations at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Divers perform a dragon dance as they "bless" the shipwreck habitat of the S.E.A. Aquarium as part of the festive Chinese New Year celebrations in Sentosa, Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su</p>

Divers perform a dragon dance as they "bless" the shipwreck habitat of the S.E.A. Aquarium as part of the festive Chinese New Year celebrations in Sentosa, Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Divers perform a dragon dance as they "bless" the shipwreck habitat of the S.E.A. Aquarium as part of the festive Chinese New Year celebrations in Sentosa, Singapore, January 30, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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<p>Revelers walk past a flower lantern display ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Marina Bay in Singapore, January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su</p>

Revelers walk past a flower lantern display ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Marina Bay in Singapore, January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

Revelers walk past a flower lantern display ahead of the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Marina Bay in Singapore, January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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<p>A man prays as people hold incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

A man prays as people hold incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man prays as people hold incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A 6.5 metres rocking horse stands amidst flowers ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year in Yilan county, southern Taiwan, January 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Patrick Lin</p>

A 6.5 metres rocking horse stands amidst flowers ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year in Yilan county, southern Taiwan, January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Patrick Lin

A 6.5 metres rocking horse stands amidst flowers ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year in Yilan county, southern Taiwan, January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Patrick Lin

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<p>Li Sheng poses after tattoo artist Sun Lan tattooed the image of a horse with wings on his back, ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year at her studio in Beijng, January 19, 2014. Li, a 28 year old office worker, said the year of horse gave him an idea of having the horse tattoo on his back and it took 6 days to finish the tattoo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

Li Sheng poses after tattoo artist Sun Lan tattooed the image of a horse with wings on his back, ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year at her studio in Beijng, January 19, 2014. Li, a 28 year old office worker, said the year of horse gave him...more

Li Sheng poses after tattoo artist Sun Lan tattooed the image of a horse with wings on his back, ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year at her studio in Beijng, January 19, 2014. Li, a 28 year old office worker, said the year of horse gave him an idea of having the horse tattoo on his back and it took 6 days to finish the tattoo. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>Ponies run during their daily training at a horse club owned by Yu Qian, a famous Chinese crosstalk performer, ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year in Beijing, January 21, 2014.  REUTERS/Jason Lee</p>

Ponies run during their daily training at a horse club owned by Yu Qian, a famous Chinese crosstalk performer, ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year in Beijing, January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Ponies run during their daily training at a horse club owned by Yu Qian, a famous Chinese crosstalk performer, ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year in Beijing, January 21, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Lee

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<p>Chinese New Year decoration is seen  at Yuyuan Garden in downtown Shanghai January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

Chinese New Year decoration is seen at Yuyuan Garden in downtown Shanghai January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Chinese New Year decoration is seen at Yuyuan Garden in downtown Shanghai January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A man sits on his sack outside the Beijing Railway Station, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon</p>

A man sits on his sack outside the Beijing Railway Station, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

A man sits on his sack outside the Beijing Railway Station, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>People wait for their trains at Hongqiao train station in Shanghai, ahead of Chinese New Year, January 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

People wait for their trains at Hongqiao train station in Shanghai, ahead of Chinese New Year, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

People wait for their trains at Hongqiao train station in Shanghai, ahead of Chinese New Year, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>Residents raise their glasses as they pose for photographs at a table full of dishes during a "Ten thousand families dinner" organized by a local community to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, in Wuhan, Hubei province January 24, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily</p>

Residents raise their glasses as they pose for photographs at a table full of dishes during a "Ten thousand families dinner" organized by a local community to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, in Wuhan, Hubei province January 24, 2014....more

Residents raise their glasses as they pose for photographs at a table full of dishes during a "Ten thousand families dinner" organized by a local community to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, in Wuhan, Hubei province January 24, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>Children play with bubble toy guns under Chinese lunar New Year decorations at a park in Beijing, January 24, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily</p>

Children play with bubble toy guns under Chinese lunar New Year decorations at a park in Beijing, January 24, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily

Children play with bubble toy guns under Chinese lunar New Year decorations at a park in Beijing, January 24, 2014. REUTERS/China Daily

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<p>An orangutan named Maomao from the Yunnan Wildlife Park plays with a horse-shaped toy at a market selling Spring Festival goods during a promotional event in Kunming, Yunnan province January 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

An orangutan named Maomao from the Yunnan Wildlife Park plays with a horse-shaped toy at a market selling Spring Festival goods during a promotional event in Kunming, Yunnan province January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

An orangutan named Maomao from the Yunnan Wildlife Park plays with a horse-shaped toy at a market selling Spring Festival goods during a promotional event in Kunming, Yunnan province January 23, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A passenger (R) throws a piece of garbage on the floor as a cleaner collects garbage on a carriage of a train travelling from Shenzhen to Zhengzhou during the travel peak season ahead of the Chinese lunar new year, in Xinyang, Henan Province January 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer</p>

A passenger (R) throws a piece of garbage on the floor as a cleaner collects garbage on a carriage of a train travelling from Shenzhen to Zhengzhou during the travel peak season ahead of the Chinese lunar new year, in Xinyang, Henan Province January...more

A passenger (R) throws a piece of garbage on the floor as a cleaner collects garbage on a carriage of a train travelling from Shenzhen to Zhengzhou during the travel peak season ahead of the Chinese lunar new year, in Xinyang, Henan Province January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A shopkeeper selling festive couplets waits for customers ahead of the Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Singapore January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su</p>

A shopkeeper selling festive couplets waits for customers ahead of the Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Singapore January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

A shopkeeper selling festive couplets waits for customers ahead of the Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Singapore January 24, 2014. REUTERS/Edgar Su

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