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The Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year starts on February 3 in 2011. It is the year of the rabbit.

According to a Reuters article:

The rabbit is believed to be one of the happiest signs, with people born in that year renowned for their kindness, reliability and loyalty, though with an air of mystery and propensity to cry. “The Rabbit represents mid-spring when trees and plants are prospering,” said Raymond Lo, a Hong Kong-based feng shui master.

“It represents youth, motion and activity and so it will be an energetic year with new movements of young people and more young people demanding changes and reform in politics,” he added.

The traditional Chinese festival is celebrated with fireworks, parades, and parties. Here are 15 photos from events around the world.

* Feature photo: kennymatic

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Kristin Conard

As a child, Kristin wanted to be a librarian, because she thought that the librarian was the one who got to write all the books in the library.

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