News through pictures: Celebrations begin for Chinese New Year

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News through pictures: Celebrations begin for Chinese New Year

Ethnic Malaysian-Chinese devotees arrive at the Thean Hou temple decorated with red lanterns in Kuala Lumpur on February 7, 2016, on the eve of the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year will mark the start of the Year of the Monkey on February 8.

(Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese ornaments decorate a mall to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Jakarta on February 7, 2016. The Lunar New Year will mark the start of the year of the monkey on February 8. 

(Photo by ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

An Ethnic Malaysian-Chinese devotee burns joss-sticks at the Thean Hou temple decorated with red lanterns in Kuala Lumpur on February 7, 2016, on the eve of the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year will mark the start of the Year of the Monkey on February 8.

(Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Ethnic Malaysian-Chinese devotees arrive at the Thean Hou temple decorated with red lanterns in Kuala Lumpur on February 7, 2016, on the eve of the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year will mark the start of the Year of the Monkey on February 8.

(Photo by MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

A Malaysian ethnic Chinese man walks under the illuminated traditional Chinese lanterns on the eve of Lunar New Year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. The Lunar New Year which falls on Feb. 8 this year marks the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar.

(AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

People are seen perform a prayers inside the Guan Yin temple ahead of Lunar New Year of the monkey celebrations on February 7, 2016 outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Chinese Calendar, the Lunar New Year which falls on February 8 this year marks the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the Spring Festival is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.

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People are seen burning joss sticks as they offer prayers inside the Guan Yin temple ahead of Lunar New Year of the monkey celebrations on February 7, 2016 outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Chinese Calendar, the Lunar New Year which falls on February 8 this year marks the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the Spring Festival is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.

(Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)

A man is seen burning candles as they offer prayers inside the Guan Yin temple ahead of Lunar New Year of the monkey celebrations on February 7, 2016 outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Chinese Calendar, the Lunar New Year which falls on February 8 this year marks the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the Spring Festival is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.

(Photo by Mohd Samsul Mohd Said/Getty Images)

Members of the Chinese community of Glasgow dressed in traditional costumes celebrate The Year of The Monkey on February 7, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. The first ever Chinese New Year celebrations to be held in George Square, The Year of the Monkey, begins on February 8 and will last until Jan 27, 2017.

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A Malaysian ethnic Chinese woman takes a souvenir photograph of illuminated traditional Chinese lanterns on the eve of Lunar New Year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. The Lunar New Year which falls on Feb. 8 this year marks the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese calendar.

(AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

Northern Lions Dance performs at a shopping mall in Subang Jaya ahead of Lunar New Year of the monkey celebrations on February 7, 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. According to the Chinese Calendar, the Lunar New Year which falls on February 8 this year marks the Year of the Monkey, the Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the Spring Festival is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.

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 People makes incense offerings and pray at Wong Tai Sin Temple on the first day of Lunar New Year Holiday on February 8, 2016 in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across to pray for good luck and fortune for the Year of Monkey. The Chinese Lunar New Year also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day.

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A man walks past fireworks in the street outside an apartment building in Beijing early on February 8, 2016 for the Lunar New Year celebrations which marks the start of the year of the monkey.

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Celebrations have started all over the world for the Chinese New Year and beginning February 8th, we enter the Year of the Monkey. Each New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals in the cycle of the Chinese Zodiac, and the Monkey is the 9th. 2015 was the Year of the Sheep, and we won't see another Year of the Monkey until 2028.

Celebrated most prominently in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius, and the Philippines, there are also plenty of festivities in the UK, US and across the world.

The date of the new year changes from one year to the next, as it occurs at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. That means that only those born after February 8th, 2016 will be considered born into the Year of the Monkey -- those born in January and early February were technically born into the Year of the Sheep.

Also known as the Spring Festival, celebrations will run from tonight through the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the new year. Click through above to see some of the stunning images from around the world.

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