People across the world have been celebrating Chinese New Year, which officially begins on 29 January.
2006 sees the start of the Year of the Dog, which according to Chinese astrology is a year of generosity and justice.
Celebrations have also been taking place in London, with these dancers in Trafalgar Square.
This man is one of many people visiting a temple to celebrate the New Year and pray for prosperity and good health.
This arrangement of joss sticks is being put together at a temple in Kuala Lumpur where people will pray to welcome in the year.
Due to popular demand, a 12-year ban on fireworks sales was lifted in Beijing especially for the New Year.
Dogs from a Japanese dog circus perform in Hong Kong ahead of celebrations for the Chinese year of the dog.
In Malaysia, shoppers can't quite believe they are selling special New Year's underwear!
These Indonesian orphans are having great fun as they carry lanterns at the official opening of a festival held to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Jakarta.
People perform the eastern art of Tai Chi in a temple in Kuala Lumpur which has been decorated with lanterns to celebrate Chinese New Year.