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Lunar New Year: Fireworks mark the Year of the Snake

10 February 2013 Last updated at 07:42 GMT

Millions of people have celebrated to mark the Lunar New Year, the most important annual holiday in much of Asia.

Also known as Chinese New Year, the event was marked with firework displays and family gatherings.

In the Chinese zodiac, this year will be the year of the snake, taking over from the dragon.

John Sudworth reports.