Millions of people all over the world celebrated the Chinese New Year in style, with Monday (8 February) marking the start of the year of the monkey. The Chinese Lunar New Year – also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar – is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with the Lantern Festival on the fifteenth day. New Year's Day is celebrated with people lighting incense, setting off fireworks and praying for the upcoming year to bring them happiness and good luck.

Chinese New Year 2016
Chinese worshippers light incense and pray at the Yongchegong Lama Temple in Beijing, ChinaKevin Frayer/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
People makes incense offerings and pray at Wong Tai Sin Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year Holiday in Hong KongAnthony Kwan/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
A lion dance is performed during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOlivia Harris/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
Chinese worshippers light incense and pray at the Yongchegong Lama Temple in Beijing, ChinaKevin Frayer/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
A member of the Chinese community of Glasgow is dressed in traditional costume to celebrate The Year of The Monkey in Glasgow, ScotlandJeff J Mitchell/Getty

Revellers from all over the globe took part in the festivities – from George Square in Glasgow to Wong Tai Sin Temple in Hong Kong – while Beijing saw some spectacular firework displays with people dancing in the street. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples to pay respects to their ancestors and pray for good fortune in 2016.

Chinese New Year 2016
Women from the Chinese community in Glasgow dressed in traditional costumes to celebrate the year of the monkey in Glasgow, ScotlandJeff J Mitchell/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
Women pray in a temple decorated to celebrate Chinese New Year at Samut Prakan Province near Bangkok, ThailandJorge Silva/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
A woman from the Chinese community in Glasgow dressed in traditional costume to celebrate the year of the monkey in Glasgow, ScotlandJeff J Mitchell/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
Chinese community of Glasgow dress in traditional costumes to celebrate the year of the monkey in Glasgow, ScotlandJeff J Mitchell/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
Children join the Chinese community in Glasgow attending the year of the monkey New Year celebrations in Glasgow, ScotlandJeff J Mitchell/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
Women praying at a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOlivia Harris/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
A woman from the Chinese community in Glasgow dressed in traditional costume to celebrate the year of the monkey in Glasgow, ScotlandJeff J Mitchell/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
Taoist priests at Wong Tai Sin Temple on the first day of Lunar New Year holiday in Hong KongAnthony Kwan/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
People makes incense offerings and pray at Wong Tai Sin Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year Holiday in Hong KongAnthony Kwan/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
A man lights fireworks on a street in Beijing on the eve of the Lunar New YearFred Dufour/AFP
Chinese New Year 2016
Waiters from a restaurant prepare to light fireworks on a street in Beijing on the the eve of the Lunar New YearFred Dufour/AFP
Chinese New Year 2016
A man walks past fireworks in the street outside an apartment building in Beijing after calling in the Lunar New Year, marking the start of the year of the monkeyGreg Baker/AFP
Chinese New Year 2016
A waiter from a restaurant yawns as he lights fireworks on a street in Beijing on the eve of the Lunar New YearFred Dufour/AFP
Chinese New Year 2016
People burn incense as they pray for good fortune at the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Wuyou temple in Leshan, Sichuan Province, ChinaReuters
Chinese New Year 2016
People burn incense as they pray for good fortune on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Mingjiao temple in Hefei, Anhui Province, eastern ChinaReuters
Chinese New Year 2016
A man prays in a temple decorated to celebrate Chinese New Year at Samut Prakan province outside Bangkok, ThailandJorge Silva/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
Revellers set off firecrackers near dragon dancers as they celebrate Chinese New Year in Manila's Chinatown, the PhilippinesErik De Castro/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
A mother and child watch a lion dance during Chinese New Year celebrations at a temple in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOlivia Harris/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
A child runs across a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOlivia Harris/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
A woman prays at a temple to celebrate Chinese New Year in Nonthaburi Province, on the outskirts of Bangkok, ThailandChaiwat Subprasom/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
A child holds an offering at a temple during Chinese New Year celebrations in Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaOlivia Harris/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
A woman prays with joss sticks at Dharma Bhakti Temple on the first day of the Chinese New Year in Jakarta, IndonesiaDarren Whiteside/Reuters
Chinese New Year 2016
People hold incense and pray at the Yongchegong Lama Temple in Beijing, ChinaKevin Frayer/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
A paramilitary police officer watches over worshippers as they pray at the Yongchegong Lama Temple in Beijing, ChinaKevin Frayer/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
People hold incense and pray at the Yongchegong Lama Temple in Beijing, ChinaKevin Frayer/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
People light incense and pray at the Yongchegong Lama Temple in Beijing, ChinaKevin Frayer/Getty
Chinese New Year 2016
A Chinese worshipper holds incense as she prays at the Yongchegong Lama Temple in Beijing, ChinaKevin Frayer/Getty
Chinese New Year Hong Kong
Performers take part in a Chinese New Year parade in Hong KongLam Yik Fei/Getty Images
Chinese New Year Hong Kong
A performer dressed as a monkey takes part in the 2016 Cathay Pacific International Chinese New Year Night Parade in Hong KongLam Yik Fei/Getty Images
Chinese New Year Hong Kong
Performers take part in a Chinese New Year parade in Hong KongLam Yik Fei/Getty Images
Chinese New Year Hong Kong
Performers dressed as monkeys take part in a Chinese New Year parade in Hong KongLam Yik Fei/Getty Images