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First Day of Chinese New Year Sparks Celebrations Across Asia
<p>The first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year began on Friday, sending millions across Asia praying for good fortune in the coming year.</p>
An Indonesian ethnic Chinese man burns incense sticks during Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia on Jan. 31. The Year of the Horse, according to the symbol of the 12 year cycle of animals, begins today.MAST IRHAM / EPA
Celebrations broke out across Asia today as millions welcomed the Chinese Lunar New Year by performing in parades, burning incense, and praying for good fortune. Known as the most widely celebrated holiday in Asia, this year's 15 day festival marks the Year of the Horse, according to the traditional twelve year zodiac cycle.