People Around The World Are Going All Out For Chinese New Year Celebrations [PHOTOS]

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The Chinese New Year, also referred to as the Lunar New Year, begins on February 10 and the Chinese have begun preparing for the festival at home and in Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and India. China is witnessing “chunyun” or a 40-day migration of students and migrant workers to their home for the New Year holiday.

This year marks the year of the snake. Analysts will be watching the spending patterns of consumers to gauge the economic recovery in China.

Everyone else will be watching the celebrations.

Millions of Chinese travel from cities to their homes for the Chinese Lunar New Year that begins February 10.

There are expected to be 210 million trips made by train, 29 million by plane, and 820,000 buses operating during the rush.

Source: CCTV

2013 marks the year of the snake.

A snake farmer checks snakes that have been opened up and left to dry up in the sun.

White snakes are considered especially auspicious.

Workers clear the snow in decorated Ditan Park in Beijing.

According to Chinese mythology the mythical beast Nian that would arrive on the first day of the New Year to eat livestock and crop.

But Nian was afraid of the colour red which is why decorations for the festival are overwhelmingly red. The colour is also said to symbolise virtue and truth.

Dragon dancers perform on the streets at Manila's Chinatown district of Binond, in Manila, Philippines.

In Singapore, people watch a lantern display in honour of the Chinese New Year.

Fireworks explode over Kek Lok Si Buddhist temple in Penang Island, northwestern Malaysia.

A Chinese vendor sells new year decorations in Hong Kong's Victoria Park.

Taiwanese shoppers start hunting for bargains at a market in Taipei ahead of the New Year celebrations.

The CLSA released a feng shui index based on the signs of the Chinese zodiac that features lighthearted predictions for financial markets, property and celebrities in Hong Kong ahead of the New Year.

People perform the traditional Chinese Lion Dance atop of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

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