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Chinese New Year celebrations around the globe ring in the Year of the Goat

BY   February 15, 2015 at 2:49 PM EST

Celebrations around the world are already underway for the Chinese New Year, which begins next Thursday, Feb. 19 and lasts until March 5.

Often marked by fireworks and family feasts within China, customs and observances of 2015’s Year of the Goat vary widely, ranging from traditional festivals to underwater dragon dances.

Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is widely regarded as the most important celebration in China and is given official public holiday status, during which most Chinese get eight days off of work.

The famous dance of the dragon on the streets of downtown Turin, Italy during the Festival of the Chinese New Year on February 8, 2015. Photo by Elena Aquila/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

The famous dance of the dragon on the streets of downtown Turin, Italy during the Festival of the Chinese New Year on February 8, 2015. Photo by Elena Aquila/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

A diver performs a dragon dance at the Shipwreck Habitat of the S.E.A. Aquarium as part of the festive Chinese New Year celebrations in Sentosa, Singapore February 14, 2015. Photo by Edgar Su/REUTERS.

A diver performs a dragon dance at the Shipwreck Habitat of the S.E.A. Aquarium as part of the festive Chinese New Year celebrations in Sentosa, Singapore February 14, 2015. Photo by Edgar Su/REUTERS.

A man installs decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Taoranting park in Beijing February 9, 2015. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS.

A man installs decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Taoranting park in Beijing February 9, 2015. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS.

An artist dances in the streets of downtown Turin, Italy during the Festival of the Chinese New Year on February 8, 2015. Photo by Elena Aquila/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

An artist dances in the streets of downtown Turin, Italy during the Festival of the Chinese New Year on February 8, 2015. Photo by Elena Aquila/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images.

A dragon dance is performed at a shopping street in Kobe to promote the Chinese New Year on February 15, 2015 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images.

A dragon dance is performed at a shopping street in Kobe to promote the Chinese New Year on February 15, 2015 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images.

A folk artist waits to perform the lion dance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Dongyue Temple, in Beijing, February 1, 2014. Photo by Jason Lee/REUTERS.

A folk artist waits to perform the lion dance to celebrate the traditional Chinese Spring Festival on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Dongyue Temple, in Beijing, February 1, 2014. Photo by Jason Lee/REUTERS.

A woman looks at traditional decorations celebrating for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a market in Beijing February 6, 2015. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS.

A woman looks at traditional decorations celebrating for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a market in Beijing February 6, 2015. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS.

A vendor, selling traditional decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, reads a newspaper as she waits for customers at a migrant workers' village in Beijing February 12, 2015. Photo by Kim  Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS.

A vendor, selling traditional decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, reads a newspaper as she waits for customers at a migrant workers’ village in Beijing February 12, 2015. Photo by Kim Kyung-Hoon/REUTERS.

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