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Chinese New Year Celebrated In New York City's Chinatown

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 23: Confetti rains down on people during celebrations in Chinatown for the Chinese New Year on January 23, 2012 in New York City. Celebrations began in New York with the firecracker detonation, intended to ward off evil spirits, to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year, the year of the dragon. Various festivities including singers, dancers and dozens of dance troupes participate in the daylong event which includes marches through the streets of Chinatown. Millions of ethnic Chinese, Vietnamese and Koreans around the world are ringing in the New Year with fireworks, feasting on traditional foods and family reunions. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Chinese New Year

Celebrations are under way for the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, which began on Jan. 23 and marks the start of the Year of the Dragon, according to the Chinese zodiac.