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Chinese New Year celebrations captured in breathtaking pictures

Thousands of Chinese people indulged in religious and cultural festivities as they welcomed the Year of the Monkey on February 8, 2016. Here are some pictures that captured the action.

Thousands of Chinese people indulged in religious and cultural festivities as they welcomed the Year of the Monkey. People visited traditional fairs held in parks, as well as Buddhist and Taoist temples offering singing and dance performances and open-air markets selling handicrafts. These stunning pictures capture the action.

An Indonesian ethnic Chinese man lights incense sticks during the celebration of the Lunar New Year at Dharma Bakti Temple at the China Town in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 8, 2016. The celebration marks the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar. (Source: AP)

An Indonesian ethnic Chinese man carries incense sticks during the celebration of the Lunar New Year. Lighting incense sticks is regarded as a popular tradition that brings good luck to those praying. (Source: AP)

An Indonesian ethnic Chinese walks inside a temple. Chinese people from across the world flocked to temples and fairs to pray for good health and fortune. (Source: AP)

Monkey decorations on display for sale at a store in Hong Kong. The monkey is the ninth animal in the Chinese zodiac. (Source: AP)

Indonesian ethnic Chinese pray during the celebration of the Lunar New Year at Dharma Bakti Temple. People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterised as lively, quick-witted, innovative and mischievous individuals. (Source: AP)

Chinese dancers dressed in traditional costume take a selfie backstage during a temple fair for the Lunar New Year celebration in Beijing. (Source: AP)

Chinese performers dressed in traditional costumes participate in a cultural dance at Ditan Park, Beijing. There are 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China, each of which has its own folk dance. (Source: AP)

A Chinese dancer dressed in traditional costume performs a cultural dance on stage for the Lunar New Year celebration in honour of the Year of the Monkey. The next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028. (Source: AP)

A Chinese performer dressed in traditional costume performs a cultural dance during a temple fair. Black and White clothes are barred as they are traditional colours of mourning. (Source: AP)

A lion dance performer looks out from the mouth of the lion head at Ditan Park. Lion dance is one of the most popular and important traditional dance forms in Chinese culture. (Source: AP)

Performers participate in a lion dance at Ditan Park. (Source: AP)

In this photo, monkey soft toys — some bearing the words 'Golden Monkey delivers wealth' — are displayed at a store for a temple fair ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year at Ditan Park in Beijing on February 6, 2016. The new Chinese year is the one to go bananas over. Plastic monkeys are adorning shopping centers and office buildings, and government departments have been giving out toy monkeys. (Source: AP)

In this April 29, 2015 photo, actor Zhang Jinlai is dressed in a Monkey King costume and posing next to a wax figure based on his stage performance during a ceremony at the Madame Tussauds in Beijing. The supernatural Monkey King — also known as Sun Wukong — who accompanied a monk on a journey to retrieve sacred scriptures has inspired countless TV shows and movies over the years. (Source: AP)