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Lunar New Year 2017: The year of the rooster

Updated 7:09 PM ET, Sat January 28, 2017
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Chinese martial artists perform in Rome. January 28, 2917, is the Lunar New Year for much of Asia. According to the Chinese calendar, it's the year of the rooster. ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images
A fire-breathing man shows up the dragon behind him in Yangon, Myanmar. YE AUNG THU/AFP/Getty Images
A dragon dances with lions in Manila, Philippines. Bullit Marquez/AP
A man releases birds to bring good luck at the Dharma Bakti Temple in Jakarta, Indonesia. Achmad Ibrahim/AP
Worshippers pray for good luck and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year at the Yonghe Temple in Beijing. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Fireworks light the night at the Pak Pie Hut Cou temple in North Sumatra, Indonesia. Albert Damanik/Barcroft Images/Getty Images
Security guards take a break on the first day of the Lunar New Year at the Yonghe Temple in Beijing. Kevin Frayer/Getty Images
Loud noises are said to drive away evil spirits, but not these lion dancers at a Chinese settlement in Kolkata, India. Bikas Das/AP
In Malaysia, a devotee offers prayers at the Sin Sze Si Ya Temple in Kuala Lumpur's Chinatown. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images
Revelers in Madrid, Spain, celebrate the year of the rooster. Paul White/AP
At the demilitarized zone, South Koreans honor their ancestors in North Korea. Ahn Young-joon/AP
Burning joss sticks -- another name for incense -- is part of prayers year-round as well as during Lunar New Year celebrations like this one in Bangkok, Thailand. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images