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In photos, video: Chinese New Year celebrations around the world

Today is the first day of the Chinese Year of the Dragon.

Image: AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit/PA Images

TODAY IS THE first day of the Chinese New Year, which this year is the Year of the Dragon.

The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is being celebrated with a range of special events and parades around the world.

The Year of the Dragon  is the fifth of the 12 cycles on the Chinese calendar.

The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival will continue to run this week and some events, including a photography exhibition, will be carried until late February.

In photos, video: Chinese New Year celebrations around the world
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    People watch fireworks on Chinese New Year's Eve at Kuan Yin Temple in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, last night. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin/PA Images)
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    A 30-foot dragon is prepared for marching in the annual Chinese New Year celebration in Paducah, Kentucky at the weekend. (AP Photo/The Paducah Sun, John Wright/PA Images)
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    A worshipper burns joss sticks to pay her first visit of the Year of the Dragon at Shanghai's Longhua Temple today. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko/PA Images)
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    Divers perform inside an aquarium as part of the celebration of Chinese New Year at Manila's Ocean Park, Philippines on Saturday. (AP Photo/Pat Roque/PA Images)
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    A huge crowd gathers at Manila's Chinatown district for the dragon dance on the eve of the celebration of the Chinese New Year yesterday. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez/PA Images)
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    People shop for dragon dolls on the eve of the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Hong Kong yesterday. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu/PA Images)
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    Nine-year-old Enya O'Brien from Dublin has her make-up done as part of a workshop in Ireland's Gallery of Photography yesterday. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
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    Filipino-Chinese perform the dragon dance on the eve of the celebration of the Chinese New Year at Manila's Chinatown district. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez/PA Images)
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    Giant joss sticks are lit on the Chinese New Year's Eve at Kuan Yin Temple in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (AP Photo / Lai Seng Sin/PA Images)
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    Dragon dancers performance during the celebration of the Chinese New Year in Bangkok today. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit/PA Images)
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    Chinese dragon dancers entertain onlookers as they parade through Chinatown in Yokohama, Japan today. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara/PA Images)
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    Actor James Nelson gets into character for Puccini's Chinese themed opera 'Turandot' in Dublin's Temple Bar. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
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    Sylvia O'Brien onstage in Puccini's opera Turandot in Dublin. (Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)
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    Chinese performers dressed in Qing Dynasty costumes participate in an ancient ceremony in which emperors prayed for a good harvest and fortune at a temple fair in Ditan Park during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations, Beijing, China, today. (AP Photo/Andy Wong/PA Images)

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