Yes, China has bid adieu to the Year of the Dragon and more than two billion people have ushered in the Lunar New Year of China which is represented by the Snake as reported in news.sky.com of dated 9th of February 2013.
This festival this year has brought in , the first non-Chinese person to sing her famous song 'My Heart Will Go On' of the movie Titanic and there would be the usual groups of comedians, musicians and singers.
The festivities in the capital Beijing have been marked by bursting of fireworks and lighting of traditional lanterns - the fireworks are intended to frighten away the evil spirits.
The Temple of the Earth in Beijing was literally a huge sea of lanterns as the revelers began to dance and sing - hundreds of stalls had been set up to sell food, drinks, toys and souvenirs with the theme of Snakes.
It may be noted that food and family are the dominant themes of such festivals in the Chinese New Year and, the lunar calendar follows a 12-year cycle with an animal for each year, last year it was the Dragon, this year it is the Snake.
Many feel this to be a bad omen because the snakes are slippery animals and cannot be trusted.
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