Welcoming the Year of the Snake.

Cities all over the world are ringing in the Year of the Snake with dragon dances, heavy metallic makeup, and elaborate costumes in the annual celebrations for the Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, which began on Feb. 10. Below, some Reuters images of celebrations this past weekend.

Spectators look on as villagers march with a Chinese dragon to perform a dragon dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Luoshan village of Lishui county, Jiangsu province on February 16. The dragon, which was over 100-metre-long, cost the villagers in Luoshan more than 150,000 yuan ($24,000), according to local media. (Sean Yong/Reuters)
A participant dressed as "Lady white snake" performs during the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade in Sydney on February 17. (Daniel Munoz/Reuters)
Girls perform a traditional dance during the Chinese New Year parade in Vancouver, British Columbia on February 17. (Ben Nelms/Reuters)
People take part in the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade in New York on February 17. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
Kwang-Hai Au takes part in the 14th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade in New York on February 17. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. Design

    Cities Deserve Better Than These Thomas Heatherwick Gimmicks

    The “Vessel” at New York’s Hudson Yards—like so many of his designs—look as if the dystopian world of 1984 has been given a precious makeover.

  2. Homes in Amsterdam are pictured.
    Equity

    Amsterdam's Plan: If You Buy a Newly Built House, You Can't Rent It Out

    In an effort to make housing more affordable, the Dutch capital is crafting a law that says anyone who buys a newly built home must live in it themselves.

  3. North Carolina's legislature building.
    Life

    Should Government Agencies Move Out of Capital Cities?

    North Carolina may relocate its Division of Motor Vehicles from Raleigh to boost lagging Rocky Mount. Can this be a national model for decentralizing power?

  4. Transportation

    China's 50-Lane Traffic Jam Is Every Commuter's Worst Nightmare

    What happens when a checkpoint merges 50 lanes down to 20.

  5. Life

    The Bias Hiding in Your Library

    The ways libraries classify books often reflect a “straight white American man” assumption.