China marks Lunar New Year with prayers, incense, fireworks


              People walk under red lanterns in cerebrations to mark Lunar New Year at China town Saturday, Jan.28, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Saturda...

              Local Chinese artists perform a dragon dance during cerebrations to mark Lunar New Year at Chinatown Saturday, Jan.28, 2017, in Yangon,...

              A local Chinese artist blows fire as they perform a dragon dance during cerebrations to mark Lunar New Year at Chinatown Saturday, Jan....

              A Malaysian ethnic Chinese family takes a selfie on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Satu...

              A Malaysian ethnic Chinese girl holds offerings on the first day of Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ...

              In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 photo, a Malaysian ethnic Chinese woman places joss sticks in the cauldron on the first day of Chinese ...

              Lion dance troupe performs during the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 201...

              Temple visitors play with the lion dance troupe during the lion dance performance on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at a templ...

              Temple visitors give red packets to the lion dance troupe during the lion dance performance on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year ...

              People offer prayers during celebrations of Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Jan. 28 this ...

              People offer prayers during celebrations of Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Jan. 28 this ...

              People offer prayers during celebrations of the Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Jan. 28 t...

              North Korean refugees and their family members bow to respect their ancestors in North Korea as they celebrate the Lunar New Year at th...

People walk under red lanterns in cerebrations to mark Lunar New Year at China town Saturday, Jan.28, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. Saturda...

Local Chinese artists perform a dragon dance during cerebrations to mark Lunar New Year at Chinatown Saturday, Jan.28, 2017, in Yangon,...

A local Chinese artist blows fire as they perform a dragon dance during cerebrations to mark Lunar New Year at Chinatown Saturday, Jan....

A Malaysian ethnic Chinese family takes a selfie on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Satu...

A Malaysian ethnic Chinese girl holds offerings on the first day of Lunar New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, ...

In this Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017 photo, a Malaysian ethnic Chinese woman places joss sticks in the cauldron on the first day of Chinese ...

Lion dance troupe performs during the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Jan. 28, 201...

Temple visitors play with the lion dance troupe during the lion dance performance on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at a templ...

Temple visitors give red packets to the lion dance troupe during the lion dance performance on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year ...

People offer prayers during celebrations of Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Jan. 28 this ...

People offer prayers during celebrations of Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Jan. 28 this ...

People offer prayers during celebrations of the Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Yokohama, near Tokyo, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Jan. 28 t...

North Korean refugees and their family members bow to respect their ancestors in North Korea as they celebrate the Lunar New Year at th...

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese are heading to temples and fairs to wish for an auspicious start to the Lunar New Year.

Thousands gathered at Beijing's major temples on Saturday, the first day of the Year of the Rooster. Wearing heavy winter coats, they lit incense sticks and bowed as they prayed for good fortune and health.

Beijing's sprawling temple fair opened at Ditan Park, where empty tree branches were festooned with red lanterns and traditional goods and foods were for sale.

Other New Year's traditions include the eating of dumplings in northern China and the lighting of fireworks. Local media reported air pollution levels in Beijing and several other cities shot up Friday night and early Saturday morning.

Ethnic Chinese and others around the world also marked the holiday with celebrations.