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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.

An employee of a glass recycling processing plant stands before a mountain of bottles stacked up in Gameren, Netherlands  following the Christmas and New Year celebrations

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An employee of a glass recycling processing plant stands before a mountain of bottles stacked up in Gameren, Netherlands today, following the Christmas and new year celebrations

Japanese  well-wishers shout "banzai" (cheers) for Japan's Emperor Akihito during the royal family's public appearance for New Year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo...Japanese well-wishers shout "banzai" (cheers) for Japan's Emperor Akihito during the royal family's public appearance for New Year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo January 2, 2014.

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Japanese well-wishers shout “banzai” to Japan’s Emperor Akihito during the royal family’s public appearance for new year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday.

A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on December 23, 2013 for the busy holiday season. 'Lechon', or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations. The Philippines Christmas season runs from December until the second week of January.

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A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on Monday for the busy holiday season. ‘Lechon’, or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations.