Chinese New Year: Celebrations for the Year of the Monkey

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A child burns incense sticks and prays in Indonesia.Getty Images
A child burns incense sticks and prays in Indonesia.

Millions of people all around the world have been celebrating Chinese New Year.

The special event is also known as the Lunar New Year which begins on the second new moon at the start of the year and ends on a full moon fifteen days later.

People in Indonesia celebrating Chinese New Year.Getty Images
Indonesian Chinese stand in flood waters to pray at a temple to mark the first day of the Lunar New Year in Sidoarjo.

The event is marked all over the world in lots of different ways.

People visit their families and friends, have special meals and a lot of fireworks go off because it's thought that the noise and lights will ward off evil spirits for the year ahead.

The new year is always named after one of twelve animals and 2016 is the year of the monkey.

A man performs a dragon dance.AFP/Getty
A man performs a dragon dance in Myanmar in Burma to celebrate the new year.
Fireworks show for Chinese New YearReuters
In the Philippines, people watch as fireworks light up the sky.
People watch the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations parade for the beginning of the Year of the Monkey in Brussels in BelgiumAFP
A crowd in Brussels, in Belgium, watch the Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration parade.
New York fireworksAFP
New York celebrates the New Year with a spectacular firework show.