The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.

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The head of the dragon dance costume is seen as Chinese Cambodian men perform in celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in front of the Royal Palace, Phnom Penh. SAMRANG PRING/REUTERS

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Filipino-Chinese resident and a member of the Philippine Snake Society Patrick Cocabo kisses his pet, a rare two-year old coral sun glow snake on the eve of Lunar New Year celebrations in Mandaluyong. ERIK DE CASTRO/REUTERS

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Snake toys are displayed for sale at a temple fair to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Fireworks light up the skyline of Beijing as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

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Woman places candle at a temple ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Bangkok's Chinatown. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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People decorate temple with Thai baht banknotes ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Bangkok's Chinatown. DAMIR SAGOLJ/REUTERS

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Man watches as fireworks light up the skyline of Shanghai in celebration of Chinese New Year in Shanghai. CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS

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A man runs away after setting up fireworks as part of Chinese new year celebrations in Beijing. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

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Fireworks explode over the Houhai lake as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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Worshippers rush to place joss sticks at the Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho temple in Singapore. EDGAR SU/REUTERS

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A resident runs away after setting up firecrackers as part of Chinese new year celebrations in central Beijing. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Worshippers offer incense before the Lunar New Year in a temple in Makassar in the Indonesia's South Sulawesi province. YUSUF AHMAD/REUTERS

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A man tries to throw an coin onto the top of an iron tower for good fortune at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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People burn incense to pray for good fortune at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Worshippers burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Dafo temple in Chongqing municipality. SHI TOU/REUTERS

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Worshippers pray during Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Taipei. PICHI CHUANG/REUTERS

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Members of the Chinese community goes in and out of a temple as they celebrate the Lunar New Year in Manila's Chinatown. CHERYL RAVELO/REUTERS

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Dancers perform a dragon dance inside a gold center in celebration of the Lunar New Year in Manila's Chinatown. CHERYL RAVELO/REUTERS

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Dancers perform a fire dragon dance in a shower of molten iron which sparks like fireworks during a folk art performance to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at an amusement park in Beijing. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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Dancers perform a fire dragon dance during a folk art performance to celebrate traditional Chinese Spring Festival at an amusement park in Beijing. KIM KYUNG-HOON/REUTERS

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Dancers enter a charity hall to greet people during celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Chinatown in Lima. ENRIQUE CASTRO-MENDIVIL/REUTERS

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Combination photograph shows performer inserting live snake through his nose and mouth during a performance in Beijing. PETAR KUJUNDZIC/REUTERS

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A performer carries a python for a show at the Ditan Temple Fair celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS

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Fireworks explode over Victoria Harbour, celebrating the Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. TYRONE SIU/REUTERS

Feb 14, 2013