Chinese New Year 2013: Spectacular Images of Celebrations of Snake Year from around the World [PHOTOS]
By drishya Nair | Feb 10, 2013 01:36 PM EDT
The Chinese have bid adieu to the Year of the Dragon and gracefully welcomed the Year of the Snake. The Chinese New Year 2013 has been enthusiastically celebrated across the world, to mark the arrival of the Water Snake - which Chinese astrology considers powerful and associated with the notion of Karma.
Chinese nationals and believers in Chinese mythology displayed their deep attachment to the traditional values with a wonderful welcome to the New Year, no matter which part of world they were in. Spectacular celebrations filled with colours were seen in countries including Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, the United Kingdom, Mexico and India. Night skies were lit on Saturday with the continuous bursting of firecrackers, to bring good fortune. The celebrations continued until the early hours of Sunday morning.
Freezing temperatures and a plea from the government to restrict the use of firecrackers (in an attempt to control a growing and dangerous pollution problem) failed to have any truly significant impact.
Chinese astrology says those born in the Year of the Snake are considered intuitive, introspective and refined, although they can be manipulative, scheming or even proud. Financially, the year is predicted to be good for Snake people but they are expected to face medical problems.
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An ethnic Chinese Malaysian woman shops for Chinese decorations ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Kuala Lumpur January 30, 2013. The Lunar New Year begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Source: REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
A Sentosa Island staff volunteer prepares to pose for photos after the completion of a 100m (328 feet) long sand snake sculpture, entitled Glittering Snake Trail by Singaporean sand sculptor JOOheng Tan, during a media preview of the Sentosa Flowers festival on Singapore's Sentosa Island February 4, 2013. A total of 128 staff volunteers took part to help colour the snake, which forms the Chinese character "Fortune", with colour-dye sand. The flower festival, which will usher in the Lunar Year of the Snake, will be opened to the public on the eve of the new year on February 9.