AP PHOTOS: Celebrating Lunar New Year around world

The Associated Press
February 12, 2013
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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Fireworks explode over the Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Hong Kong Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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: