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Lunar New Year celebrations

Folk artists throw molten iron to create sparks during an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Shangqiu, Henan province, China February 11, 2019.  REUTERS/Stringer

Folk artists throw molten iron to create sparks during an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Shangqiu, Henan province, China February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer

Folk artists throw molten iron to create sparks during an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Shangqiu, Henan province, China February 11, 2019. REUTERS/Stringer
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Folk artists perform a dragon dance during celebrations on the eight day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer

Folk artists perform a dragon dance during celebrations on the eight day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer

Folk artists perform a dragon dance during celebrations on the eight day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer
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Slaughtered pigs are on display at a heaviest pig contest on the eighth day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the pig, in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer

Slaughtered pigs are on display at a heaviest pig contest on the eighth day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the pig, in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer

Slaughtered pigs are on display at a heaviest pig contest on the eighth day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the pig, in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer
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Spectators react as performers dressed in traditional dragon costumes take part in the Chinese Lunar New Year parade through central London, Britain February 10. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Spectators react as performers dressed in traditional dragon costumes take part in the Chinese Lunar New Year parade through central London, Britain February 10. REUTERS/Simon Dawson

Spectators react as performers dressed in traditional dragon costumes take part in the Chinese Lunar New Year parade through central London, Britain February 10. REUTERS/Simon Dawson
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A child performs opera during celebrations on the eight day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer

A child performs opera during celebrations on the eight day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer

A child performs opera during celebrations on the eight day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Taizhou, Zhejiang province, China February 12. REUTERS/Stringer
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Villagers carry food offerings with a table-made sedan, decorated with an image of a child, during a local ritual to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Zhongshan county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China February 10, 2019. Picture taken February 10. REUTERS/Stringer

Villagers carry food offerings with a table-made sedan, decorated with an image of a child, during a local ritual to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Zhongshan county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China February 10, 2019. Picture taken...more

Villagers carry food offerings with a table-made sedan, decorated with an image of a child, during a local ritual to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Zhongshan county, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China February 10, 2019. Picture taken February 10. REUTERS/Stringer
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Performers take part in a fire dragon dance under a shower of molten iron sparks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Zaozhuang, Shandong province, China February 5. REUTERS/Stringer

Performers take part in a fire dragon dance under a shower of molten iron sparks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Zaozhuang, Shandong province, China February 5. REUTERS/Stringer

Performers take part in a fire dragon dance under a shower of molten iron sparks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Zaozhuang, Shandong province, China February 5. REUTERS/Stringer
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People perform in costumes during Spring Festival celebrations in Badachu Park marking Lunar New Year in Beijing, China, February 7. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People perform in costumes during Spring Festival celebrations in Badachu Park marking Lunar New Year in Beijing, China, February 7. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People perform in costumes during Spring Festival celebrations in Badachu Park marking Lunar New Year in Beijing, China, February 7. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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People perform a traditional Chinese lion dance as to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig in Chinatown in Mexico City, Mexico February 6. REUTERS/Henry Romero

People perform a traditional Chinese lion dance as to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig in Chinatown in Mexico City, Mexico February 6. REUTERS/Henry Romero

People perform a traditional Chinese lion dance as to mark the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig in Chinatown in Mexico City, Mexico February 6. REUTERS/Henry Romero
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A woman poses for pictures in front of an pig-shaped installation at a lantern fair on the second day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, at Wuhan Garden Expo in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 6. REUTERS/Darley Shen

A woman poses for pictures in front of an pig-shaped installation at a lantern fair on the second day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, at Wuhan Garden Expo in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 6. REUTERS/Darley Shen

A woman poses for pictures in front of an pig-shaped installation at a lantern fair on the second day of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, at Wuhan Garden Expo in Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 6. REUTERS/Darley Shen
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Villagers dressed as "Maogao" jump next to firecrackers during a celebration on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China February 5. REUTERS/Stringer

Villagers dressed as "Maogao" jump next to firecrackers during a celebration on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China February 5. REUTERS/Stringer

Villagers dressed as "Maogao" jump next to firecrackers during a celebration on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, in Rongshui Miao Autonomous County, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China February 5. REUTERS/Stringer
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Performers wear pig masks as they take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5, 2019.  
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Performers wear pig masks as they take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers wear pig masks as they take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, China February 6. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, China February 6. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong, China February 6. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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People walk in the snow during Spring Festival celebrations in Longtan Park marking the Lunar New Year in Beijing, China, February 6. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People walk in the snow during Spring Festival celebrations in Longtan Park marking the Lunar New Year in Beijing, China, February 6. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People walk in the snow during Spring Festival celebrations in Longtan Park marking the Lunar New Year in Beijing, China, February 6. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A mother holds up her daughter, as they spend time under lanterns and decorations to celebrate during the Chinese Lunar New Year on the outskirts of Bangkok, February 5.  
 REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A mother holds up her daughter, as they spend time under lanterns and decorations to celebrate during the Chinese Lunar New Year on the outskirts of Bangkok, February 5. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

A mother holds up her daughter, as they spend time under lanterns and decorations to celebrate during the Chinese Lunar New Year on the outskirts of Bangkok, February 5. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Lion dance crew are seen in an elevator before a performance during Chinese New Year in Yangon, Myanmar, February 5. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Lion dance crew are seen in an elevator before a performance during Chinese New Year in Yangon, Myanmar, February 5. REUTERS/Ann Wang

Lion dance crew are seen in an elevator before a performance during Chinese New Year in Yangon, Myanmar, February 5. REUTERS/Ann Wang
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Performers rehearse a re-enactment of a Chinese New Year Qing Dynasty ceremony at the Temple of Earth in Ditan Park in Beijing, February 4. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Performers rehearse a re-enactment of a Chinese New Year Qing Dynasty ceremony at the Temple of Earth in Ditan Park in Beijing, February 4. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Performers rehearse a re-enactment of a Chinese New Year Qing Dynasty ceremony at the Temple of Earth in Ditan Park in Beijing, February 4. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A performer blows fire during Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, February 5.  REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

A performer blows fire during Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, February 5. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

A performer blows fire during Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown, Binondo, Manila, Philippines, February 5. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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People burn incense sticks and joss papers to pray for good fortune on the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, at a temple in Chongqing, China, February 4.  REUTERS/Stringer

People burn incense sticks and joss papers to pray for good fortune on the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, at a temple in Chongqing, China, February 4. REUTERS/Stringer

People burn incense sticks and joss papers to pray for good fortune on the eve of Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig, at a temple in Chongqing, China, February 4. REUTERS/Stringer
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A lion dance troupe takes part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A lion dance troupe takes part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

A lion dance troupe takes part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Performers from "Jean M. Wong school of Ballet" of Hong Kong take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Jean M. Wong school of Ballet" of Hong Kong take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Jean M. Wong school of Ballet" of Hong Kong take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Performers from "Cape Town Carnival" of South Africa take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Cape Town Carnival" of South Africa take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Cape Town Carnival" of South Africa take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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People perform Chinese Lion dance in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Lima, Peru February 5. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

People perform Chinese Lion dance in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Lima, Peru February 5. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

People perform Chinese Lion dance in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Lima, Peru February 5. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo
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A woman lights an incense stick on Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Binondo, Manila, Philippines, February 5. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

A woman lights an incense stick on Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Binondo, Manila, Philippines, February 5. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez

A woman lights an incense stick on Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Binondo, Manila, Philippines, February 5. REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez
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Performers from "Jean M. Wong school of Ballet" of Hong Kong take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Jean M. Wong school of Ballet" of Hong Kong take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Jean M. Wong school of Ballet" of Hong Kong take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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People perform Chinese Lion dance in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 5. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

People perform Chinese Lion dance in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 5. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

People perform Chinese Lion dance in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 5. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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A woman sells seafood in a temporary night market to mark Chinese New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 4. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A woman sells seafood in a temporary night market to mark Chinese New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 4. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A woman sells seafood in a temporary night market to mark Chinese New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 4. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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A man burns incense sticks and prays for good fortune at Yonghegong Lama Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Pig in Beijing, February 5. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A man burns incense sticks and prays for good fortune at Yonghegong Lama Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Pig in Beijing, February 5. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A man burns incense sticks and prays for good fortune at Yonghegong Lama Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year of the Pig in Beijing, February 5. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A man prays during Chinese Lunar New Year's eve at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 5. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A man prays during Chinese Lunar New Year's eve at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 5. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

A man prays during Chinese Lunar New Year's eve at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 5. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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A man walks at Gede market decorated with lanterns during Chinese Lunar New Year's eve in Solo, Central Java province, Indonesia, February 4. Antara Foto/Mohammad Ayudha/ via REUTERS

A man walks at Gede market decorated with lanterns during Chinese Lunar New Year's eve in Solo, Central Java province, Indonesia, February 4. Antara Foto/Mohammad Ayudha/ via REUTERS

A man walks at Gede market decorated with lanterns during Chinese Lunar New Year's eve in Solo, Central Java province, Indonesia, February 4. Antara Foto/Mohammad Ayudha/ via REUTERS
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People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Lunar New Year of the Pig at the stroke of midnight at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore, February 4. REUTERS/Feline Lim

People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Lunar New Year of the Pig at the stroke of midnight at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore, February 4. REUTERS/Feline Lim

People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Lunar New Year of the Pig at the stroke of midnight at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore, February 4. REUTERS/Feline Lim
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A woman sells souvenirs in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 5. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A woman sells souvenirs in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 5. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun

A woman sells souvenirs in Chinatown during the Chinese Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, February 5. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Performers from "Mahogany Arts Carnival" of Britain take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Mahogany Arts Carnival" of Britain take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Mahogany Arts Carnival" of Britain take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Woman lights incense sticks as she prays during celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 5. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Woman lights incense sticks as she prays during celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 5. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan

Woman lights incense sticks as she prays during celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Pig at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 5. REUTERS/Willy Kurniawan
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Performers from "Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders" of the U.S. take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders" of the U.S. take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

Performers from "Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders" of the U.S. take part in a Lunar New Year night parade in Hong Kong, February 5. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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