The Year of the Goat gave way to the Year of the Monkey on Monday.

Lunar New Year NYC Chinatown Feb 8 2016

Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world in cities with large Chinese populations, and New York is no exception. Here, confetti and firecrackers ring in the Year of the Monkey in Chinatown on Monday. (Kena Betancur/AFP/Getty)

The Lunar New Year begins with the first new moon of the lunar year ... 

Lunar New Year parade Hong Kong 2016

In Hong Kong, Lunar New Year celebrations included a huge night-time parade. (Anthony Kwan/Getty)

and ends some 15 days later with the Lantern Festival.

LUNAR-NEW YEAR lanterns in Singapore Feb 5 2016

Lanterns decorated with animals from the Chinese zodiac line the streets (and frame this bus) in Singapore on Feb. 5. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

LUNAR-NEW YEAR Luala Lumpur Malaysia Feb 7 2016

Lanterns such as these illuminating a shrine in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, are a staple item of Chinese New Year celebrations everywhere. (Olivia Harris/Reuters)

The Chinese capital plays host to one of the world's largest New Year's Day celebrations. 

LUNAR-NEW YEAR  Qing Dynasty reenactment Beijing Feb 8 2016

Performers take a part in a re-enactment of an ancient Qing Dynasty ceremony in Ditan Park, in Beijing, on the first day of the Year of the Monkey. (Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Celebrations and prayers for a prosperous year begin at the stroke of midnight.

LUNAR-NEW YEAR Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore Feb 8 2016

In Singapore, people wait to plant the first joss stick of the year at the stroke of midnight in Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple. (Edgar Su/Reuters)

Lunar New Year's is traditionally a cause to dress up ...

LUNAR-NEW YEAR 2016 Bangkok selfie Feb 8

A woman and her daughter dressed in traditional Chinese attire mark the occasion with a selfie during New Year's celebrations in Bangkok. (Jorge Silva/Reuters)

LUNAR-NEW YEAR ao dai long dress in Hanoi Vietnam Feb 2 2016

In Hanoi, New Year's is a time to dress in traditional clothing. This woman, wearing a long, traditionally cut dress, was photographed in a blossoming field on Feb. 2 leading up to Tet, the Vietnamese Lunar New Year festival. (Kham/Reuters)

and attend parades. 

LUNAR-NEW YEAR Yokohama Japan dragon parade Feb 8 2016

The Japanese city of Yokohama, just south of Tokyo, has a vibrant Chinatown and plays host to one of the country's largest Lunar New Year festivals. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

LUNAR-NEW YEAR Calcutta Feb 8 2016 India

These lion dancers in the East Indian city of Calcutta performed during that city's New Year kickoff celebrations. (Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters)

In South Korea, Seolnal is a formal affair.

LUNAR-NEW YEAR Hanbok costumes at DMZ Feb 8 2016

Along the border dividing North and South Korea, Seolnal — Korean Lunar New Year — takes on a memorial air as members of divided families gather near the demilitarized zone in the town of Paju. (Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters)

The days leading up to New Year's are one of the busiest travel periods of the year in China. 

LUNAR-NEW YEAR Guangzhou CHINA travel crush Feb 2 2016

Weather delays that forced more than 50,000 people to wait for hours at Guangzhou Railway Station were seen as an inauspicious start to the year by some local media outlets. (Reuters)