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Temples prepare for Chinese new year

Religious officials across the eastern world have cleaned statuettes and cleansed the temples as part of preparations for China’s lunar new year, also known as the Spring Festival, which is celebrated on 31 January. The Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple in Denpasar, Balie, pictured, is one of countless temples which will be celebrating the start of the year of the horse.

Temples prepare for Chinese new year
A Balinese man prays during preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple on January 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Devotees purify holy statues and cleanse the temples as part of preparations for the China's Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival that will be celebrated on January 31st, welcoming the Year of The Horse. (Getty Images)
Temples prepare for Chinese new year
Balinese women give offerings during preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple on January 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Devotees purify holy statues and cleanse the temples as part of preparations for the China's Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival that will be celebrated on January 31st, welcoming the Year of The Horse. (Getty Images)
Temples prepare for Chinese new year
A Balinese woman cleans a statue during preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple on January 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Devotees purify holy statues and cleanse the temples as part of preparations for the China's Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival that will be celebrated on January 31st, welcoming the Year of The Horse. (Getty Images)
Temples prepare for Chinese new year
A Balinese woman cleans statues during preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple on January 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Devotees purify holy statues and cleanse the temples as part of preparations for the China's Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival that will be celebrated on January 31st, welcoming the Year of The Horse. (Getty Images)
Temples prepare for Chinese new year
A Balinese man cleans a Buddha statue during preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple on January 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Devotees purify holy statues and cleanse the temples as part of preparations for the China's Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival that will be celebrated on January 31st, welcoming the Year of The Horse. (Getty Images)
Temples prepare for Chinese new year
A Balinese woman puts a diamond on a statue during preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple on January 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Devotees purify holy statues and cleanse the temples as part of preparations for the China's Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival that will be celebrated on January 31st, welcoming the Year of The Horse. (Getty Images)
Temples prepare for Chinese new year
A Balinese woman cleans a statue during preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple on January 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Devotees purify holy statues and cleanse the temples as part of preparations for the China's Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival that will be celebrated on January 31st, welcoming the Year of The Horse. (Getty Images)
Temples prepare for Chinese new year
Balinese women cleans statues during preparations for the upcoming Chinese New Year at Dwipayana Tanah Kilap Temple on January 25, 2014 in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia. Devotees purify holy statues and cleanse the temples as part of preparations for the China's Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival that will be celebrated on January 31st, welcoming the Year of The Horse. (Getty Images)