Chinese New Year celebrations are underway

31 January 2014 Last updated at 18:07 GMT

Millions of people are celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year, the most import celebration in the Chinese calendar!
A Chinese folk artist performs during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at the Temple of Earth park on 30 January in Beijing
Millions of people across China, Vietnam, Japan and other countries around the world are celebrating Chinese New Year. This Chinese folk artist performs at the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair in Beijing.
Worker putting the final touches on a cartoon horse in China
The Chinese zodiac follows a 12-year cycle. Each of the years is named after an animal and this is the year of the horse. Many have decorated their homes with horse-shaped ornaments and red banners.
Performers dressed in costumes of the Qing Dynasty
Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. It's the oldest Chinese festival and has many traditions.
Divers carry a man-made dragon, as part of Chinese New Year dragon blessings, wishing all their guests boundless energy in the Year of the Horse, at the South East Asia Aquarium at Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore
Sub-marine celebrations were held to entertain visitors at Singapore's South East Asia Aquarium.
Fireworks in Beijing on 31 January
Fireworks lit up the sky in Beijing to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Chinese Cambodian men perform a dragon dance to celebrate the upcoming Chinese new year at the Chinese Embassy in Phnom Penh in Cambodia
Chinese Cambodians performed a dragon dance to celebrate the incoming Year of the Horse, in Phnom Penh.
Dragon dancers take a break after a performance outside a business premises on the eve of Chinese new year, in Manila's Chinatown district of Binondo
In the Philippines, this dragon took a break from performing outside businesses in Manila's Chinatown. The dance is traditionally believed to bring them prosperity.
People pose for photos around artificial cherry blossom trees with LED lights on display for the upcoming Chinese new year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hoping for a bright new year, people pose for photos around artificial cherry blossom trees with LED lights on, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tourists take a picture in front of a giant dragon lantern
A dragon dance takes place with a dragon made of paper, silk and bamboo held up by young men dancing and guiding it around to collect money.
A performer wearing a traditional costume in China
This performer wears a traditional costume during an event organised by a shopping centre.
Penguins wearing a Chinese outfit
Even animals got involved in the celebrations. These penguins wear Chinese outfits. One of the cute creatures modelled a bib with "happiness" written in Chinese character.
Visitors walk past red lantern decorations at Longtan park
Chinese New Year will end with the lantern festival on the fifteenth day of the month. The lanterns are often hand painted with scenes from history or legend. People have hung glowing lanterns on the streets and at the windows of their houses. According to ancient Chinese traditions red symbolises fire and people dress head to foot in new red clothing for the celebrations.