Lunar New Year kicked off Friday with celebrations in Asian communities around the world and locally.
The Year of the Horse got off to a booming start in Manhattan's Chinatown with ceremonies that also included costumed dancing and music.
It all began with a parade through Lower Manhattan that ended with a spectacle of Asian culture in Sara Roosevelt Park.
The fireworks are set off as a symbolic effort to drive away evil spirits and bad luck.
City Councilwoman Margaret Chin of Manhattan told NY1 that it's also symbolic for a new time in the city.
"The Year of the Horse is full of energy, excitement, hard work," Chin said. "This is a great time to start a new administration, and for us, I think we're going to gallop into providing more affordable housing, providing more services for New Yorkers, and our seniors and children."
The day's events were the 15th annual official festival marking the Lunar New Year throughout New York.