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Millions Around the World Celebrate Chinese New Year 17.Feb.2016

In London over 700,000 people celebrated Chinese New Year in Trafalgar Square in the biggest global celebration outside China on Sunday.

They were joined by those in New York, as the Empire State Building glowed gold and red in recognition of the festival.

A parade also passed through New York. The spectacle featured elaborate floats, marching bands and dragon dances, as well as a procession by local NYC organizations. After the lighting of the Empire State Building, festivities continued with a fireworks display over the Hudson River.

London's Trafalgar Square parade was organized by the London Chinatown Chinese Association. In London performers walked across Charing Cross Road and Shaftesbury Avenue. Ten lion teams performed in the march, which wound up in Chinatown for performances. Record crowds gathered for the afternoon of celebrations, including high-pole dances, Sichuan Opera and acrobatics. The day finished with fireworks, and the lighting of Nelson's Column.

Locations across the globe celebrated the festivities showing the growing reach of Chinese New Year, as people gathered from Singapore to Sydney, and from Qatar to Quebec, to welcome the Year of the Monkey.