Slideshow: the latest observation of a colorful festival stretching back 2,000 years.
Amidst face paint, fireworks and festivities, countries around Asia rejoice at the beginning of a new year.
Two people pause in front of twinkling Christmas lights in Tokyo, Japan on Decmeber 11, 2012. (lestaylorphoto/Flickr)
October 9 commemorates the invention of the Korean alphabet in 1446.
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