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AP PHOTOS: Celebrating Lunar New Year around world

Updated at: 02/11/2013 6:38 PM
By The Associated Press

Lunar New Year is being celebrated in China and around the world.

Setting off fireworks to celebrate renewal and ward off evil spirits is a traditional part of the celebration. China virtually shuts down for the week as people visit with families in their hometowns.

Here’s a collection of images from the holiday:

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