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New Yorkers ring in the Year of the Dragon.

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the Year of the Dragon in New York's Chinatown on Monday (January 23). Women wearing red, the color of luck, played drums, while crowds cheered on a group of dancing dragons. The highlight of the celebration was a display of 600,000 firecrackers that were set off against the backdrop of a burning dragon. The Lunar new Year begins on January 23 and will be celebrated with 15 days of food and firecrackers, a traditional Lunar New Year practice believed to scare away evil spirits. In the Chinese zodiac, the dragon is a symbol, long associated with emperors, power and intelligence, and is believed to bring wealth and luck.

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