Chinese New Year highlights

The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Performers take part in the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade along George Street on February 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. More than 100,000 attended the annual parade to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and more then 3,500 performers took part. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Performers take part in the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade along George Street on February 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. More than 100,000 attended the annual parade to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and more then 3,500 performers took part. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Dancers perform 'Lady White Snake' during the opening ceremony of the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade along George Street on February 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. More than 100,000 attended the annual parade to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and more then 3,500 performers took part. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Chinese New Year Twilight Parade
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 17: Dancers perform 'Lady White Snake' during the opening ceremony of the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade along George Street on February 17, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. More than 100,000 attended the annual parade to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year and more then 3,500 performers took part. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
A Chinese man, center, yawns as he and other worshippers gather to pray on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake, marked with a week-long Spring Festival holiday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A Chinese man, center, yawns as he and other worshippers gather to pray on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake, marked with a week-long Spring Festival holiday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A Chinese man, center, yawns as he and other worshippers gather to pray on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake, marked with a week-long Spring Festival holiday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A Chinese man prays for health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake, marked with a week-long Spring Festival holiday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A Chinese man prays for health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake, marked with a week-long Spring Festival holiday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A Chinese man prays for health and fortune on the first day of the Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013. Millions across China are celebrating the arrival of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake, marked with a week-long Spring Festival holiday. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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