Thousands gather at the Thien Hau Temple in Los Angeles’ Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year.
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Chinese New Year

Thousands gather at the Thien Hau Temple in Los Angeles’ Chinatown to celebrate Chinese New Year.  (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Dragon dancers perform at the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown.  (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Kent Ma of Chino holds his son Aiden Ma, 20 months, as they place incense at the Thien Hau Temple. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Young and old clamor to touch the dragon as dancers perform during Chinese New Year celebrations at the Thien Hau Temple in Los Angeles’ Chinatown. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Hundreds of people visited the Thien Hau Temple to light incense and pray. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
In Beijing, a worshiper prays at the Dongyue Temple. Typical hopes for the new year: prosperity and good fortune. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)
At the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, performers take part in a traditional Qing dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good fortune. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)
Performers propel Lunar New Year festivities at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)
Hong Kong lines up for the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade. (Lam Yik Fei / Getty Images)
A dragon dance is part of a Chinese New Year parade in Hong Kong.  (Philippe Lopez / AFP/Getty Images)
Prayers are offered at the Seng Guan Temple in Manila. (Noel Celis / AFP/Getty Images)
A dragon dance in performed as part of a Chinese New Year celebration in Manila. (Francis R. Malasig / EPA)
A shop in Yokohama, Japan, gets a visit from a dancing lion. (Keith Tsuji / Getty Images)
In Richmond, Canada, the Lunar New Year is welcomed with incense and prayers. (Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)
Prayers are offered during Chinese New Year celebrations at Bun San Bio Temple in Tangerang, Indonesia. (Oscar Siagian / Getty Images)
A flood in Kudus, Indonesia, doesn’t deter the offering of prayers. (Andreas Fitri Atmoko / Associated Press)
Travelers in Beijing rush to board trains to head home for the Lunar New Year. (Mark Ralston / AFP/Getty Images)
Passengers in Beijing wait for trains.  (ChinaFotoPress / Getty Images)
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