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Lunar New Year

The celebration of the Lunar New Year is a phenomenon as global as various diaspora allows. Perhaps most well-known in the West as a Chinese celebration, the lunisolar calendar is observed in many more places than just that nation. That said, the Chinese observation is unique in that the holiday transforms the nation into a river of humanity, with a 40-day travel season that sees hundreds of millions of people board trains for home. Gathered here are images of preparations and celebrations in many parts of the world. -- Lane Turner (42 photos total)

Worshippers burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of Lunar New Year at Dafo temple in Chongqing, China on February 10, 2013. The Lunar New Year, known as Spring Festival in China, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake there, according to the Chinese zodiac. (Stringer/Reuters)
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