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Lunar New Year

The Year of the Horse - 04 Feb 2014
For many Chinese people, it is their only holiday of the year, a riotous display of fireworks that are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck for the new year.

But this Chinese New Year the government asked residents to tone down celebrations, which fill the sky with smoke for hours, because of concerns about air pollution. While many heeded the government's call for restraint, China still rang in the Year of the Horse with a bang.
CHINA/
RTX181DP
January 30, 2014
A man walks as residents set off fireworks as part of Chinese New Year celebrations in Shanghai January...
Shanghai, China
A man walks as residents set off fireworks as part of Chinese New Year celebrations in Shanghai
A man walks as residents set off fireworks as part of Chinese New Year celebrations in Shanghai January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year welcomes the year of the horse, which falls on January 31. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
HONGKONG-HORSE/FENGSHUI
RTX17Z2J
January 29, 2014
Li Sheng poses after tattoo artist Sun Lan tattooed the image of a horse with wings on his back, ahead...
Beijing, China
Li Sheng poses after tattoo artist Sun Lan tattooed image of horse with wings on his back, ahead of the...
Li Sheng poses after tattoo artist Sun Lan tattooed the image of a horse with wings on his back, ahead of the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year at her studio in Beijng January 19, 2014. Li, the 28 year old office worker said the year of horse gave him an idea of having the horse tattoo on his back and it took 6 days to have the tattoo on his back. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31 this year. Picture taken January 19, 2014. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (REUTERS - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SINGAPORE/
RTX181CJ
January 30, 2014
People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Chinese New Year at the stroke of midnight at a temple...
Singapore, Singapore
People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Chinese New Year at the stroke of midnight at a temple...
People rush to plant the first joss stick of the Chinese New Year at the stroke of midnight at a temple in Singapore early January 31, 2014. The Lunar New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on Friday. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
HONGKONG-HORSE/FENGSHUI
RTX17YY6
January 29, 2014
A giant lantern depicting a horse is seen among Chinese New Year decorations at Yuyuan Garden, in downtown...
Shanghai, China
A giant lantern depicting horse is seen among Chinese New Year decorations at Yuyuan Garden, in downtown...
A giant lantern depicting a horse is seen among Chinese New Year decorations at Yuyuan Garden, in downtown Shanghai, January 25, 2014. The coming Chinese Year of the Horse may bring conflicts and disasters related to fire but strong gains in stocks linked to wood, the year's two dominant elements, say Hong Kong's practitioners of the ancient art of feng shui. Believers in the Chinese form of geomancy see the universe as made up of five elements - earth, water, fire, wood and metal - that define the mood and direction of the world. The Chinese zodiac has 12 animals that interact with the elements. Picture taken January 25, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
MALAYSIA/
RTX1810X
January 30, 2014
Lanterns are hung in a Chinese temple ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur January...
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lanterns are hung in a Chinese temple ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur
Lanterns are hung in a Chinese temple ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur January 30, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31 this year.
REUTERS/Samsul Said (MALAYSIA - Tags: RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY)
CHINA/
RTX17ZEW
January 29, 2014
A man prays as people hold incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai January...
Shanghai, China
A man prays as people hold incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai
A man prays as people hold incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai January 29, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SINGAPORE/
RTX1818H
January 30, 2014
A child holds up joss sticks during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore January 30, 2014. The...
Singapore, Singapore
Child holds up joss sticks during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore
A child holds up joss sticks during Chinese New Year Eve at a temple in Singapore January 30, 2014. The Lunar New Year which welcomes the year of the horse falls on Friday. REUTERS/Edgar Su (SINGAPORE - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)
INDONESIA
RTX181YB
January 31, 2014
A man prays for good fortune while holding incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at...
Jakarta, Indonesia
A man prays for good fortune while holding incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at...
A man prays for good fortune while holding incense on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Petak Sembilan Temple in Jakarta January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA/
RTX181QN
January 31, 2014
People burn incense for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama...
Beijing, China
People burn incense for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing
People burn incense for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple, in Beijing, January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)
CHINA/
RTX181DS
January 30, 2014
A man sets off fireworks as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Shanghai January...
Shanghai, China
A man sets off fireworks as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Shanghai
A man sets off fireworks as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Shanghai January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year welcomes the year of the horse, which falls on January 31. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA
RTX181EN
January 30, 2014
People watch firecrackers as they celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing early January...
Beijing, China
People watch firecrackers as they celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing
People watch firecrackers as they celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing early January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year welcomes the year of the horse on January 31.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
CHINA
RTX181EF
January 30, 2014
A man covers his ears after setting off firecrackers to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in...
Beijing, China
Man covers his ears after setting off firecrackers to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in...
A man covers his ears after setting off firecrackers to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing early January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year welcomes the year of the horse on January 31.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)
CHINA
RTX180RN
January 30, 2014
A performer dressed as a Qing dynasty emperor is silhouetted as he takes part in the re-enactment of...
Beijing, China
A performer dressed as a Qing dynasty emperor is silhouetted as he takes part in the re-enactment of...
A performer dressed as a Qing dynasty emperor is silhouetted as he takes part in the re-enactment of the ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good harvest and fortune, during the opening of the temple fair for the Chinese New Year at Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 30, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31 this year.
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon (CHINA - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
CHINA/
RTX181QZ
January 31, 2014
Tibetan monks walk for a New Year ceremony on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong...
Beijing, China
Tibetan monks walk a New Year ceremony on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama...
Tibetan monks walk for a New Year ceremony on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple, in Beijing, January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Chinese New Year, which welcomes the year of the horse, falls on January 31. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: RELIGION SOCIETY)
CHINA/
RTX181CF
January 30, 2014
Fireworks explode amid heavy hazy as part of Chinese new year celebrations, in central Beijing early...
Beijing, China
Fireworks explode amid heavy hazy as part of Chinese new year celebrations, in central Beijing
Fireworks explode amid heavy hazy as part of Chinese new year celebrations, in central Beijing early January 31, 2014. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year welcomes the year of the horse, which falls on January 31. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
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