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So you've enjoyed your Christmas lunch and welcomed in the New Year with a glass of champagne or two but now that January feeling has set in. The celebrations don't have to be over though as February 10th marks the start of the Lunar New Year otherwise known as Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is the most important festival in the Chinese calendar and, in many parts of South East Asia, is enjoyed as a public holiday filled with festivities. Chinese New Year in 2013 will welcome in the start of the Chinese Year of the Snake. In Chinese households family gatherings and huge feasts are all part of the celebrations along with the giving and receiving of red envelopes. The envelopes contain gifts of money and are usually given by elders to unmarried family members. The Chinese New Year party isn't just to be found in China though. The date is marked all over the world. Here are just a handful of the events that are taking place around the world to herald the start of the Year of the Snake.

Beijing

No surprise that celebrations here are huge. Renowned for spectacular fireworks displays and colourful parades one of the incredible sights in China is the Lantern Parade which marks the end of the fifteen day celebration. Stunning dancers and imaginative costumes dance in the streets of Beijing as pretty lantern-lit parades snake their way around the city.

Hong Kong

In neighbouring Hong Kong celebrations are pretty amazing too. On 9th February, the eve of Chinese New Year, pyrotechnics experts will bring Victoria Harbour to life in the darkness with a stunning fireworks display.

Hong Kong also enjoys a world famous parade through its streets made up of colourful floats, dancers and Chinese Dragons to create a giant street party.

London

London plays host to the largest Chinese New Year Celebrations outside Asia.

The city will mark the start of the new lunar calendar with a parade packed with Chinese Dragons and dancers which will travel from the West End to Trafalgar Square and end with a stage performance . London's Chinatown will provide a central focus for the celebrations and visitors will find it lined with food stalls as a dramatic lion dance travels its way through the area bestowing wishes of good luck on residents and local businesses.

Sydney

Celebrations Down Under include the Dragon Ball, a traditional Swing dance event that will be revived this year for the first time in over forty years.

There will also be Lunar Feasts, twilight parades and events in restaurants all over the city to tantalise your taste buds and give you a taste of the Orient.

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