AP PHOTOS: Celebrating Lunar New Year around world

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Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.  (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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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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