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: