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02/11/2013

PHOTOS: Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations

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A performer inserts a live snake through his nose and mouth during a performance at the Ditan Temple Fair celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing on Feb. 11. The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, began on Feb. 10 and marked the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.(Petar Kujundzic/Reuters) 

 

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A boy eats a mutton skewer at a Spring Festival Temple Fair for celebrating the New year in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

 

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Performers take part in a dragon dance at the Philippine Stock Exchange to mark the start of the first day of trading in the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Snake in Manila. The Philippine stock market has been repeatedly hitting new record highs in recent months, lifted by the country's bright economic prospects, lots of liquidity and interest from abroad. 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 the New Year. (Jay Directo/AFP/Getty Images)

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A performer balances a pole on her head as she entertains visitors to the Dongyue Temple fair on the second day of the Chinese New Year in Beijing, Feb. 11. Thousands attended temple fairs across the city to celebrate the arrival of the Year of the Snake. (Andy Wong/AP Photo)

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