China Celebrates the Lunar New Year

China celebrated its Lunar New Year this past weekend with fireworks, bright fabrics, and fanfare in the streets as people joyfully rang in the Year of the Rooster. Factories and offices were closed throughout the country as millions of people took time to travel home and see their families. Here are some photos of the weekend’s celebrations and the preparation for the new year — also known as the Spring Festival — which began on Jan. 28 and will last for 15 days.

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Chinese workers make lanterns ahead of the Lunar New Year at a workshop in Xian, in northern China's Shaanxi province on Jan. 18. The Lunar New Year, known locally as the Spring Festival, fell on Jan. 28 this year and marks the Year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar.

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A Chinese couple share a moment as they say goodbye to each other before traveling home at Beijing Railway Station on Jan. 26. Millions of people in China will travel home to visit families in what is often called the largest annual human migration.

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Chinese workers install a rooster lantern outside a museum in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province on Jan. 19. The rooster is one of the animals in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Each year, the animal is paired with an element, making this the year of the fire rooster.

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A paramilitary guard motionless stands as passengers arrive at Beijing West Railway Station to travel back to their hometowns for the Lunar New Year on Jan. 25.

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This picture taken on Jan. 6 shows a giant chicken resembling Donald Trump in front of a factory in Jiaxing to usher in the Year of the Rooster.

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Chinese paramilitary guards monitor passengers as they head to their trains to travel home for Lunar New Year at Nantong Railway Station in Jiangsu province, near Shanghai on Jan. 23.

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Chinese travelers wait outside a railway station on Jan. 25 in Beijing.

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Folk craftswoman Feng Shiping shows shows a paper cutting of a rooster she made for the upcoming Chinese New Year in Handan, north China's Hebei province on Jan. 16.

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Three women pray with incense sticks at the Longhua temple in Shanghai on Jan. 28.

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Chinese worshippers pray with incense for good luck and fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at the Yonghegong or Lama Temple on Jan. 28.

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Crowds of people visit the Victoria Park New Year Flower Market in Hong Kong on Jan. 27.

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A Chinese traveler catches a nap on a train between Beijing and Shijiazhuang on Jan. 25 in Hebei province, northern China.

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A Chinese man smokes a cigarette as he and others set off firecrackers, a traditional way of warding off evil spirits, in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year early on Jan. 28 in Beijing.

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A performer takes part in a street parade to mark the Lunar New Year celebrations of the Year of the Rooster in Hong Kong on Jan. 28.

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An elderly woman wearing a homemade mask walks past lanterns hung ahead of the Lunar New Year at a park in Beijing on Jan. 17.

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Chinese paramilitary police undertake crowd control duties on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong or Lama Temple on Jan. 28 in Beijing.

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Chinese boys sit in a motorized toy tank at a fair on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year on Jan. 29 in Beijing.

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People pose for a selfie as they enjoy riding on the ice of the Houhai frozen lake on the second day of the Lunar New Year in Beijing on Jan. 29.

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A woman poses with rooster characters at the Ditan temple fair for the Lunar New Year in Beijing on Jan. 28.

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Tourists take selfies at the Bund overlooking the Pudong financial district in Shanghai during the Spring Festival holidays on Jan. 30.

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A performer takes part in a street parade to mark the Lunar New Year celebrations of the Year of the Rooster in Hong Kong on Jan. 28.

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People watch a firework display to mark the Lunar New Year celebrations of the Year of the Rooster in Hong Kong on Jan. 29.

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People hold a dragon and take part in a street parade to mark the Lunar New Year celebrations of the Year of the Rooster in Hong Kong on Jan. 28.

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Actors dressed as imperial guards take part in a re-enactment of sacrifices believed to have once made by China's emperors to the God of the Earth to guarantee good harvests in Ditan park in Beijing on Jan. 30.

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Fireworks illuminate Hong Kong's skyline on Jan. 29.

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