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Monday, January 23, 2012

A traditional dance troupe performs in Chinatown in celebration of the Chinese New Year. (Spencer Platt/WNYC)

The Year of the Dragon kicked off with fireworks, confetti and other activities on Monday — including lion and dragon dancers in Manhattan's Chinatown neighborhood. Millions of Asians around the world are celebrating with feasts and family reunions.

People born in the Year of the Dragon are said to have strong personalities, be ambitious and be self-assured. It's considered an auspicious sign.

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Fireworks, intended to ward off evil spirits, are detonated to celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year.
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Two girls watch the festivities in Chinatown on Monday as part of the New Year celebration.
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Hundreds gathered in NYC's Chinatown to celebrate.
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A child dressed up for the new year.
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Hundreds gather in NYC to celebrate the new lunar year.
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Left over confetti wrappers littered the street after the festivities.
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A traditional dance troupe performs in Chinatown in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
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Nelson Chan is dressed as the God of Fortune in Chinatown in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

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