Lunar New Year marked with celebration, ceremony

  • In this Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, photo, fire-eater performs during celebrations of the Lunar New Year in the Chinatown district of Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
  • In the Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, photo, participants take part in a flame-breathing lion dance during the Lunar New Year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)
  • In this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, photo, children play with live Teacup pigs, a rare pet in the country, ahead of the Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown area of Manila, Philippines. This year is the Year of the Earth Pig in the Chinese Lunar calendar and is supposed to represent abundance, diligence and generosity. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

From the dragon dancers parading through Yangon to the fire-eaters entertaining crowds in Manila, millions of people around the world rung in the Lunar New Year on Tuesday.

Celebrants took part in religious rituals, community events and family reunions.

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People flocked to temples to light incense sticks to pray for good fortune and health. Everywhere, the color red dominates — on lanterns, clothing and signs.

At a temple in China, performers dressed in elaborate costumes from the Qing Dynasty.

In North Korea’s capital, crowds celebrated by bowing and placing flowers before statues of the late leaders Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il.

Images of cute swine abound as this year marks the Year of the Pig, one of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac’s rotating cycle.

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