China's Lunar New Year In Pictures

01/24/2012 11:50 am ET

From performances with dragons to spectacular firework displays, China kicked off the Lunar New Year with a variety of stunning celebrations. The holiday began on Monday to welcome the Year of the Dragon and will last for a week. Many traveled for hours to make it home to spend the holidays with their families. In China, the Year of the Dragon is believed to bring good fortune.

Below, see photos from the festivities:

Chinese New Year