40 images of colorful Chinese New Year celebrations in Washington and around the world

The beginning of the Chinese New Year is full of conflicting traditions.

Some, including the Chicago Tribune, poke fun at the observance and nickname it the “tawag” (Chinese for almost), noting that the four days just after Lunar New Year also include the highest incidence of car accidents in the entire year.

Still, there are a number of good reasons to celebrate this lunar holiday. The photos below include some of our favorite celebrations:

Lunar New Year festivities in Dongguan, China, in 2016.

Crowds of merrymakers dance the dragon dance while joining in traditional Chinese Medicine song ceremony in Bali, Indonesia.

Lunar New Year breakdancing in the street in Hong Kong, during the holiday in 2016.

Alicia Cha is a Washingtonian intern.

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More coverage of Lunar New Year

Superfly Bowl: The Dongguan Dragon Dance

Chinese Lantern Festival in Arlington

Street Market in Placido, Indonesia, with dragons

Lunar New Year 2016 at the National Zoo

Lunar New Year in Lanzhou, China

Day Dreaming Lantern Parade in Philadelphia

Lunar New Year at the Lincoln Memorial

Lunar New Year on Display at National Geographic Explorers Club

Lunar New Year in San Jose, California

Lunar New Year at the Sydney Harbour Bridge

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