Millions around the globe welcome the Chinese Year of the Snake
All around the globe, the Chinese New Year was celebrated on February 10, with great joy and festivities by the Chinese communities. According to the Chinese almanac, the year 2013 is known as the Year of the Yin Water Snake. Almost, in every big city of the world, there is a China Town as a home to migrant Chinese, who celebrated their new year with great festivities by organizing, parades, loud music of drums and cymbals, street performances and Chinese food stalls.
At Beijing’s Baiyunguan temple, a large number of Chinese took part in the tradition of coin-throwing to welcome their New Year
. People tried to strike the bell under the arch of the temple with coins for good luck and prosperity in 2013. In other towns of China, people visited temples early in the morning and burned incense and prayed. Fireworks displays on Saturday night took place in various localities to herald the New Year.
In the interior places in China, special open-air markets or village fairs were set up as the New Year approached to sell flowers, toys, clothing, and fireworks. Not only theses fairs added to the festivities but made it convenient for people to buy New Year gifts and things for home decoration on the eve of New Year.
In many countries of East Asia, the Chinese New Year is a public holiday due to large concentration of people of Chinese origin. The places and countries like Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius and Philippines, the Year of the Snake began with a bang on Sunday.
In Malaysia and Singapore, Chinese single women celebrated their New Year by seeking a love partner on this day.