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Chinese New Year 2013: The Year of the Snake is in full swing across Asia (PHOTOS)
Saturday, February 9th, 2013

The Chinese New Year, which will see the dragon give way to the snake, officially gets started February 10. But you'd never know it from the celebratory performances, markets, decorations, and of course, record numbers of travelers. 

200 million people have traveled home to visit family for the seven-day holiday, which many believe is the biggest human migration in the world today, BBC News reported

Though authorities have called for downsized fireworks to reduce air pollution and motioned for anti-extravagance measures throughout the country, the spirit of the Lunar New Year remains high in China and across Asia, the Associated Press reported

The year of the snake has a mixed reputation in China, according to the BBC: while people associate it with wisdom and beauty, it also has connotations of pride and anger. 

More from GlobalPost: China's annual Lunar New Year migration is under way

 

 

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A store owner shows snake ornaments on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Snake, in China town in Manila on February 9, 2013. The Dragon Dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year to bring in good luck and prosperity as billions of Chinese world wide celebrate Lunar New Year of the Snake on February 10.

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Performers take part in a dragon dance on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Snake, in China town in Manila on February 9, 2013. The Dragon Dance is usually performed during the Chinese New Year to bring in good luck and prosperity as billions of Chinese world wide celebrate Lunar New Year of the Snake on February 10.

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A Chinese paramilitary police officer dressed as a Qing Dynasty servant before a re-enactment of an ancient ceremony of Qing Dynasty emperors praying for good harvest and fortune during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at the Temple of Earth park on February 9, 2013 in Beijing, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year of Snake also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.

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Chinese folk artists prepare to perform during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at Dragon Lake Park on February 9, 2013 in Beijing, China.

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Chinese ethnics burn incenses during a prayer at a Chinese temple in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta on February 9, 2013 the country's minority Chinese-Indonesians prepare to celebrate the Chinese New Year.

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Chinese ethnics burn incenses during a prayer at a temple in Jakarta.

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A vendor shows the toy glasses at the Spring Festival Temple Fair for celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year of Snake at the Temple of Earth park on February 9, 2013 in Beijing, China.

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Tourists visit the Spring Festival Temple Fair for celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year of Snake at the Temple of Earth park on February 9, 2013 in Beijing, China.

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A man holds a cobra he sells for medicine at a Chinese majority business complex in the Indonesian capital city of Jakarta.

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Chinese folk artists prepare to perform during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at Dragon Lake Park.

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A performer plays the role of the emperor during a re-enactment of an ancient ceremony of Qing Dynasty emperors praying for good harvest and fortune during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at the Temple of Earth park on February 9, 2013 in Beijing, China.

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Visitors stroll near the trees decorated with red lanterns ahead of Chinese New Year celebrations in Beijing.

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Chinese folk artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair.

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Performers take part in a traditional Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good fortune.

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A vendor arranges flowers at her in stall at a temple fair in Ditan park in Beijing on February 9, 2013 a day before the Lunar New Year.

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People walk through the entrance arch during the public opening of the 2013 River Hongbao Festival at The Float at Marina Bay on February 8, 2013 in Singapore. This annual event is an integral part of Singapore's Chinese New Year celebrations and showcases larger-than-life lantern displays.

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Toy snakes are seen for sale during the Chinese lunar new year period are covered in snow at market in Shanghai on February 8, 2013.

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A diver dressed as a mermaid performs next to a Chinese Lunar New Year of the water snake greeting inside an aquarium at Manila ocean park on February 8, 2013.

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A calligrapher writes down best wishes for the lunar new year or Tet in Vietnamese, for customers outside the Temple of Literature in downtown Hanoi on February 8, 2013. Vietnamese will have from this week-end a nine-day long Tet holiday, the longest ever lunar new year holiday provided by the Vietnamese government.

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