Fireworks and dragon dances usher in Year of the Monkey

Colourful festivities get under way as communities around the world celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.

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Chinese communities around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year.

From China to Mexico, colourful festivities got under way on Monday as people welcomed the first day of the Year of the Monkey.

In China's capital, Beijing, the Lunar New Year was rung in by the striking of a large bell which is believed to help drive away bad luck and bring good fortune.

In Mexico City, dragon dances took centre stage at the celebrations, while in Australia a dazzling fireworks display featured among the festivities.

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