PICS: 10 of the best snaps of Chinese New Year celebrations around the world

The Chinese zodiac signs operate on a 12-year cycle basis and 2019 is the Year of the Pig. This is a Year of Earth Pig, starting from 5 February, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to 24 January, 2020.

The ancient zodiac operates on a 12-year cycle as it includes 12 animal zodiac symbols: The Rat, The Ox, The Tiger, The Rabbit, The Dragon, The Snake, The Horse, The Sheep, The Monkey, The Rooster, The Dog and The Pig.

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However, the 12-year cycle is combined with five elements - wood, fire, earth, gold and water - and other important Chinese symbols to create a variation of 60 possible combinations to occur - which is why this year is the year of the Earth Pig.

To mark the year of the Earth Pig, people from all over the world took to streets, temples and public squares to celebrate in a number of colourful and interesting ways. Check out some of the best pics of the celebrations below. 

Paris, France 

PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 05: People perform lion dPeople perform lion dance and dragon dance at a street during Chinese New Year's celebrations on 5 February, 2019 in Paris, France. The Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Pig, falls on 5 February this year. (Photo: Li Yang/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaPeople perform lion dance and dragon dance at a street during Chinese New Year's celebrations. (Photo: Li Yang/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

Zaozhuang, China

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaFolk artists perform dragon dance under the molten iron fireworks at Taierzhuang ancient city during the Chinese New Year on 5 February, 2019 in Zaozhuang, Shandong Province of China. (Photo: Gao Qimin/VCG via Getty Images)

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaFolk artists perform dragon dance under the molten iron fireworks at Taierzhuang ancient city. (Photo: Gao Qimin/VCG via Getty Images)

Hong Kong, China

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaA performer jumps to shoot the ball at Tsim Sha Tsui during the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade on 5 February, 2019 in Hong Kong, China. (Photo: Zhang Wei/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaPerformers hold an inflatable decoration featuring a pig at Tsim Sha Tsui during the Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade. (Photo: Zhang Wei/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)

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West Java

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaChinese citizens perform worship while celebrating Chinese New Year 2570 at Hok Lay Kiong temple, which is the year of Water Pig (according Chinese calendar) at Bekasi City, West Java province, on Tuesday, 5 February, 2019. The Hok Lay Kiong Temple is the oldest monastery in the city of Bekasi which according to the temple administrators is more than a century old. (Photo: Aditya Irawan/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jakarta, Indonesia

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaA Indonesian ethnic Chinese pray during the Lunar New Year celebrations at Hok Tek Tjeng Sin Temple in Jakarta, Indonesia on 4 February, 2019. The Chinese New Year, or Year of the Pig, begins on 5 February. During the holiday which is also called Spring Festival, Chinese all over the world reunite with family members, visit friends and relatives, exchange gifts, give red envelopes with money inside to children, set off firecrackers and visit temples to pray for peace in the new year. (Photo: Andrew Gal/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaA Indonesian ethnic Chinese pray during the Lunar New Year celebrations at Kim Tek Ie Temple in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo: Andrew Gal/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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Bangkok, Thailand

Lion dance performer pose on the King Power MahanaLion dance performer pose on the King Power Mahanakhon building Bangkok, Thailand, 4 February, 2019. (Photo by Anusak Laowilas/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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