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Happy Chinese New Year 2018: Here’s how Chinese are welcoming the Year of Dog in India and around the world

Chinese around the world celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Dog on Friday with family reunions, firecrackers and traditional food.

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Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival in China witnesses the biggest migration of people on Earth. For the new year, people across the globe travel back to their native land. Reunion dinners, visiting friends and relatives, exchanging gifts are few New Year activities are highlights of the usually month-long affair. As the community around the world welcomes the year of Dog, click through to see photos of people around the globe celebrating the Lunar New Year. (Source: AP)

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Chinese community in India too celebrated the Lunar New Year with full fevour maintaining age-old traditions. Seen here the Lion Dance in Kolkata's China Town. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

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As part of the festivities, special prayers are offered to the guarding deities and incense sticks are lite. Lucky red packets called the ‘hong pao’ are exchanged between families with good wishes for the new year. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

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The grand celebrations of welcoming the new year is incomplete without the Lion dance, which has more meaning than fanfare and adding grandeur. (Source: Express photo by Partha Paul)

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There are two common folktales that give us the history of Nian — the beast. As one folklore believes, long ago when the beast came out from the mountains to prey on people on the eve of a new year, an old wise man advised frightening the beast with red cloth and loud sounds of beating drums and cymbals. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

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Thus it would explain why during the festival dancers in big lion costumes dance to these instruments. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

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People offer prayers and welcome the New year in Kolkata's Tangra area. (Express photo by Partha Paul)

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Exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks conduct ceremonial prayers to welcome their New Year called Losar in Dharmsala, India. (Source: AP)

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Tibetan artistes perform a ceremonial sword dance to welcome their New Year called Losar in Dharmsala, India. (Source: AP)

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Visitors ring the bell at midnight to mark the arrival of the Lunar New Year at the Bell Tower in Beijing. Chinese around the world celebrated the arrival of the Year of the Dog on Friday with family reunions, firecrackers and traditional food.(Source: AP)

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A temple visitor brings her dog on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as celebration marks the Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar. (Source: AP)

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Indonesian ethnic Chinese release birds which is believed to bring good luck during Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in the China Town in Jakarta. (Source: AP)

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Tibetan children perform traditional dance during celebrations of Loshar, Tibetan New Year, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Tibetans across the world marked the arrival of the New Year with prayers and festivities. (Source: AP)

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A diver dressed in Fortune God costume greets to visitors after he fed fish as part of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Aquaria KLCC underwater park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Source: AP)

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Men have their photos taken by during celebrations of Lunar New Year at a temple in the China Town in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Source: AP)

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An ethnic Chinese man prays during the celebration of Lunar New Year at a temple in the China Town in Jakarta. (Source: AP)

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Temple visitors play with the lion dance troupe during its performance on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Source: AP)

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People light sticks of incense at a cauldron as they pray on the first day of the Lunar New Year at the Lama Temple in Beijing. (Source: AP)

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An ethnic Chinese girl prays with incense sticks during celebrations of the Lunar New Year at a temple in Bali, Indonesia. (Source: AP)

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People use candles to light joss sticks as they pray at a temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year in Shanghai. (Source: AP)

A giant illuminated dog for the Year of the Dog is displayed as part of Lunar New Year festivities at Chenghuang Temple in Shangha. (Source: AP)