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Ethnic Malaysian Sikhs perform prayers t...Ethnic Malaysian Sikhs perform prayers to celebrate the Vaisakhi Festival, or the Sikh New Year Festival, at Gurdwara Sahib temple in Kuala Lumpur on April 14, 2016.  The Vaisakhi Festival is the most important event in the Sikh calendar and celebrates the birth of Khalsa. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFANMOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Ethnic Malaysian Sikhs perform prayers to celebrate the Vaisakhi Festival, or the Sikh New Year Festival, at Gurdwara Sahib temple in Kuala Lumpur

A policeman directs traffic as Myanmar r...A policeman directs traffic as Myanmar revellers and tourists take part in wet celebration marking Thingyan, a water festival which brings in the countrys new year, in Yangon on April 12, 2016. The Buddhist festival of water pouring symbolizes spiritual cleansing and begin the new year free from worldly impurities with celebrants devoting the four days of Thingyan in merry making of water dousing until the eve of new year. / AFP PHOTO / ROMEO GACADROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images

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A policeman directs traffic as Myanmar revellers and tourists take part in wet celebration marking Thingyan, a water festival which brings in the countries new year in Yangon 

A girl poses for pictures under decorated trees as the Chinese Lunar New Year, which welcomes the Year of the Monkey, is celebrated at Daguanyuan park, in Beijing

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A girl poses for pictures under decorated trees as the Chinese Lunar New Year which welcomes the Year of the Monkey is celebrated at Daguanyuan park in Beijing

Rioters throw bricks at police in Mong Kok district of Hong Kong, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Hong Kong's Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

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Rioters throw bricks at police in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s Lunar New Year celebration descended into chaotic scenes as protesters and police clashed over a street market selling fish balls and other local holiday delicacies 

A child plays beneath lanterns at a temple decorated to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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A child plays beneath lanterns at a temple decorated to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A monkey holds a dice during a performance ahead of the Chinese New Year of the Monkey which falls on February 8, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, January 28, 2016. REUTERS/China Daily      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY     ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.

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A monkey holds a dice during a performance ahead of the Chinese New Year of the Monkey which falls on February 8, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province

A man makes traditional candy "Matang" in preparation for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in Yuqing County...A man makes traditional candy "Matang" in preparation for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in Yuqing County, Zunyi, Guizhou Province, China, January 18, 2016. REUTERS/China Daily ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA.

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A man makes traditional candy “Matang” in preparation for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in Yuqing County, Zunyi, Guizhou Province, China 

apanese traditional female dancers, maikos, and performers, geikos attend the new year's ceremony at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater

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Japanese traditional female dancers, maikos, and performers, geikos attend the new year’s ceremony at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo Theater

Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House in a 9pm display before the midnight fireworks which will usher in the new year in Australia's largest city...Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House in a 9pm display before the midnight fireworks which will usher in the new year in Australia's largest city, December 31, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed

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Fireworks explode over the Sydney Opera House in a 9pm display before the midnight fireworks which will usher in the new year in Australia’s largest city 

A Bangladeshi child watches from behind soldiers of Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion a rally to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

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A child watches a rally to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from behind soldiers of the Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion

People wearing costumes attend the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Jinghong, Yunnan province.

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People wearing costumes attend the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Jinghong, Yunnan province, China

Girls dressed in traditional costumes and holding props walk before a performance in Longxian county, Shaanxi province. The children and villagers wore make-up and traditional costumes as they paraded around the village as part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration

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Girls dressed in traditional costumes and holding props walk through town before a performance in Longxian county, Shaanxi province, China, in celebrations for the lunar new year

 Chinese folk artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at the Temple of Earth park on February 18, 2015 in Beijing, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year of Sheep also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.

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Chinese artists perform at the Spring Festival Temple Fair on Wednesday in Beijing. The lunar new year of the sheep also known as the spring festival is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the lantern festival on the 15th day

A masked dancer performs to drumbeat during the Newari New Year parade that falls during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu October 24, 2014. The Newar community observes the start of their Newari New Year 1134, in accordance with their lunar calendar, by worshipping their spiritual selves in a ritual known as "mahapuja".

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A masked dancer performs to a drumbeat during the Newari New Year parade that falls during the Tihar festival, also called Diwali, in Kathmandu on Friday

Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna...Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province April 15, 2014. Last Sunday marked the beginning of the 1,376th New Year, according to the ethnic Dai minority calendar. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY ANNIVERSARY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Visitors participate in the annual water-splashing festival to mark the new year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna. Last Sunday marked the beginning of the 1,376th new year, according to the ethnic Dai calendar. 

People dance with umbrellas during a celebration for the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna...People dance with umbrellas during a celebration for the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan province, April 14, 2014. Last Sunday marked the beginning of the 1,376th New Year, according to the ethnic Dai minority calendar. REUTERS/Wong Campion (CHINA - Tags: SOCIETY)

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People dance with umbrellas during a celebration for the New Year of the Dai minority in Xishuangbanna, China. Last Sunday marked the beginning of the 1,376th New Year, according to the ethnic Dai calendar.

Bangladeshi people participate in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year or Pahela Baisshakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Monday, April 14, 2014. Thousands of Bangladeshis on Monday celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies.

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People participate in a parade to celebrate the first day of the Bangla New Year, or Pahela Baisshakh, in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Thousands of Bangladeshis on Monday celebrated their new year with fairs, concerts and rallies.

Indonesian performers dressed as mermaids wearing traditional Chinese cheongsam dress and a lion perform underwater in a special program celebrating the Lunar New Year at Jakarta's Ancol park on January 31, 2014.  The Lunar New Year of the Horse falls on January 31.

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Indonesian artists, dressed as mermaids in traditional Chinese cheongsam costume and lions, perform underwater in a programme celebrating the lunar new year at Jakarta’s Ancol park on Friday.

A worshipper looks on as she waits to bu...A worshipper looks on as she waits to burn incense and pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the Chinese New Year of the horse in Hong Kong on January 30, 2014. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across to pray for good luck and fortune for the new year.  AFP PHOTO / Philippe LopezPHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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A worshipper wearing a Chinese opera outfit waits to burn incense and pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the lunar new year of the horse in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across Hong Kong to pray for good luck and fortune for the new year. 

A couple walk beneath a display of lanterns for the Lunar New Year as China prepares for the Year of the Horse in Beijing on January 28, 2014.  China is preparing to welcome the Lunar New Year of the Horse which falls on January 31 and will see about 3.62 billion trips made by Chinese travelers during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.

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A display of lanterns for the lunar new year in Beijing. China is preparing to welcome the year of the horse, which falls on January 31 and will see Chinese travelers make about 3.62bn trips during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.