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How the world rang in the year of the snake

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Workers put hang Chinese New Year decorations in Beijing Friday February 8, 2013 the day before Chinese New Year Eve. Chinese around the world will be celebrating the year of the Snake.

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A worshipper prays at the Dongyue Temple in Beijing Friday Feburay 8, 2013 the day before Chinese New Year Eve.

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Worshippers just after midnight at International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, B.C. February 9, 2013 where they pray with joss sticks (Incense Sticks) for a happy and prosperous New Year as Chinese around the world celebrate the year of the Snake.

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Worshippers just before midnight at International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, B.C. February 9, 2013 where they pray with joss sticks (Incense Sticks) for a happy and prosperous New Year as Chinese around the world celebrate the year of the Snake.

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A man watches as fireworks light up the skyline of Shanghai in celebration of Chinese New Year in Shanghai early February 10, 2013. The Lunar New Year, or 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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A woman burns a paper offering as people gather at a temple ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Bangkok's Chinatown February 9, 2013.

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A worshipper, carrying his baby, offers a candle ahead of Lunar New Year in a temple in Makassar in the Indonesia's South Sulawesi province February 9, 2013.

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Worshippers offer incense before the Lunar New Year in a temple in Makassar in the Indonesia's South Sulawesi province February 9, 2013.

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People burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple, in Beijing February 10, 2013.

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People burn incense to pray for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple, in Beijing February 10, 2013.

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Residents watch after setting up fireworks as part of Chinese new year celebrations, in central Beijing early February 10, 2013.

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People run to pray for good fortune as they enter Yonghegong Lama Temple on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Beijing February 10, 2013.

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Fireworks explode over the Houhai lake as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year in Beijing February 9, 2013.

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A woman holding a flower makes her way in the crowd praying for good fortune on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple in Beijing February 10, 2013.

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Devotees pray at the Lungshan Temple on the eve of the Chinese lunar new year in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013.

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Tibetan monks walk for a New Year ceremony on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Yonghegong Lama Temple, in Beijing February 10, 2013.

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