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59 Pictures Of Chinese New Year's Celebrations From Around The World

Billions of Chinese worldwide celebrate the start of the year of the snake on Feb. 10, 2013.

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1. New York's Chinatown

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The lighting of firecrackers are believed to ward off evil spirits and to bring the god of wealth into people's lives once New Year's Day arrives.

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11. Paris City Hall

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Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe and China's ambassador in France Kong Quan traditionally paint the eye of a dragon in front of Paris City Hall during the Chinese New Year celebrations.

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31. Kuta, Indonesdia

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A girl burns incense sticks before praying to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Snake at a Dharmayana temple in Kuta on Bali.

32. Kolkata

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Members of the Chinese community perform a lion dance in a street as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata, which is home to India's only Chinatown in a metro city.

39. Malaysia

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Chinese-Malaysians arrive for prayers on the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year at Machimaram Buddhist Temple, which is popularly known as the Sitting Buddha Temple, in Tumpat in the northeastern state of Kelantan.

47. Singapore

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Worshippers gather at the entrance of Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple on Lunar New Year to offer prayers and place joss sticks in Singapore.

53. Beijing

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Performers take part in a traditional Qing Dynasty ceremony in which emperors prayed for good fortune, during lunar new year festivities at the temple of Heaven in Beijing.

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Dancers perform a fire dragon dance in the shower of molten iron spewing firework-like sparks during a folk art performance to celebrate traditional Chinese Spring Festival at an amusement park in Beijing.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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