Today marks the first day of the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year. Over a billion people around the world celebrate. Here is how the world is celebrating the start of the year of the dog.

With cute dogs of course!

Get ready to see plenty of pooches strutting their stuff for the year of the dog.

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The Sydney Opera House changed colors for the night

Monuments and major sites were lit up in red for the holiday.

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Dragons!

Costumes and dances abound.

Lots of good food

Families gather to cook, swap stories, and eat delicious dishes. These are called lucky money bags.

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And of Course, Fireworks!

Firecrackers are set off to scare away evil spirits.

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The Empire State Building even got in on the action

Like the Sydney Opera House, the Empire State Building was lit up in red.

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