Photos: Chinese New Year 2013: Millions Celebrate Year of the Snake [PHOTOS]
By IB Times Staff Reporter | Feb 10, 2013 11:24 PM EDT
Chinese communities across the world on Sunday rang in the "Year of the Snake" with festive celebrations. The Lunar New Year, also known as spring festival, started on 10 February.
The Year of the Snake re-started after a traditional 12-year-cycle. According to Chinese zodiac, the snake - sixth character in the Chinese zodiac - is seen as a symbol of wisdom, wealth and longevity. But it is believed to be less lucky than other characters in the 12-year Chinese Zodiac.
Dong Yilin, a traditional fortune teller believes that the Year of the Snake will be neither lucky nor bad, according to Telegraph.
"2013 is the Year of the Snake. For people who were born under this Chinese zodiac sign we cannot predict a very auspicious year or a year of bad fortune," he said adding, "This sign is perceived as a bit negative."
For the Lunar New Year, people from across the world travelled back home to celebrate with family members. This particular day is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. People celebrate the festival with fireworks displays, lantern displays and artistic performances.
The New Year Celebrations took place in China, Singapore, Manila, India and other parts of the world. The festival ends after the 15th day of the first month with the Lantern Festival.
Check out the pictures of celebrations here:
People burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Wuquanshan temple in LanzhouSource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
Members of the Chinese community light incense inside a temple as they celebrate the Lunar New Year in KolkataSource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
Members of the Chinese community perform a lion dance in a street as they celebrate the Chinese New Year in Kolkata February 10, 2013.Source: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
Residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in ShanghaiSource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
An artist performs the traditional Chinese lion dance during Lunar New Year celebrations in Chinatown in Mexico CitySource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
Worshippers burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Dafo temple in Chongqing municipalitySource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
A snake lantern is seen among other Chinese New Year decorations at Yuyuan Garden in downtown ShanghaiSource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
Security guards walk towards a snake sculpture in BeijingSource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
Snake toys are displayed for sale at a temple fair to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in BeijingSource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
A shop owner wears a snake-shaped ballon on his head in order to attract customers during the temple fair in Ditan ParkSource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013
A mother holding her child poses for a photo next to a snake sculpture in BeijingSource: Reuters Date:02/10/2013