The Lunar New Year has begun.  Welcome to the Year of the Dragon.

The Lunar, or Chinese New Year, is based on marking the months on the waxing and waning of the moon and is widely observed in the Far East.

From Beijing to Bangkok and Seoul to Singapore, people hoping for good luck in the new year that began Monday are visiting temples and lighting incense, setting off firecrackers and watching street performances of lion and dragon dances.

For many, the Lunar New Year is the biggest family reunion of the year for which people endured hours of cramped travel on trains and buses to get home.