Just when you thought it was over, it’s countdown once again. Kick off the Chinese New Year -- the Year of the Snake! -- with a tour of celebrations around the world.
A snake decoration is seen along a street in preparation for the upcoming Chinese New Year of the Snake in February, in Chinatown in Singapore.
Divers perform a dragon dance during an event to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at an aquarium in Beijing. The Lunar New Year begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
A girl holding red lanterns used for decoration runs in a park ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Beijing.
Participants dressed in festive regalia take part in the annual Chinese New Year parade in Washington, DC's Chinatown neighborhood.
Members of a dragon team perform during the Chinese New Year festival and parade in San Francisco. The city's Chinese New Year parade is the largest of its kind in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators.
A woman rides a float decorated with brightly colored lanterns during the Chinese New Year festival and parade in San Francisco.
Children practice drumming before the start of the Chinese New Year festival in San Francisco.
People offer prayers to the deities during a midnight ceremony in Chinatown at the Chua Thien Hau Temple in LA. Every year in the Chinese lunar calendar is associated with an animal, and positive characteristics associated with that animal are believed to be bestowed upon people born in that year.
Wow, that’s amazing. Chinese ethnic dancers react backstage as they watch a performance during the Chinese New Year in Bangkok.
People place gifts and money in the mouth of a dancing dragon during the Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade in NYC.
Parade participants prepare to march in the Chinese New Year Golden Dragon Parade in the Chinatown neighborhood of LA.
Artists and dancers take part in Chinese New Year celebrations in Plaza de Oriente, opposite the Royal Palace in Madrid.
Young performers have fun and pose for the camera before the start of the Chinese New Year Twilight Parade in Sydney.
Gearing up. Chinese girls practice before a performance during Chinese New Year celebrations in the Chinatown neighborhood in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Show time! A crowd watches a lion dance performance during Chinese New Year celebrations in NYC's Chinatown district.
Performers reenact an ancient Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) ceremony in which emperors prayed for good fortune and harvest. The ceremony is part of an annual Chinese New Year celebration at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
Participants perform a dragon dance during a Chinese New Year celebration in Vina del Mar, Chile, about 75 miles northwest of the capital city of Santiago.