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)

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