The Lunar New Year begins this Sunday on February 10. We see how people from all over the world attempt to make their last transactions before the holidays begin.

The Year of snake also inspired many snake-related decorations and festive items, turning the once intimidating creature into mankind’s new best friend.

Let’s have a look at how these places prepare for the longest and most important celebration on the Chinese calendar. —Photos by Agencies/text by Alisia Pek

A woman holds incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in downtown Shanghai. ?Photo by Reuters
A woman holds incense sticks at the Old City God Temple in Yuyuan Garden in downtown Shanghai. ?Photo by Reuters
People buy plush toys depicting snakes in Shanghai. ?Photo by Reuters
People buy plush toys depicting snakes in Shanghai. ?Photo by Reuters
Indonesian Chinese men clean statue during the preparation of the celebration of Lunar New Year in Satya Buddha Temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. ?Photo by AP
Indonesian Chinese men clean statue during the preparation of the celebration of Lunar New Year in Satya Buddha Temple in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. ?Photo by AP
A man dressed as The God of Wealth poses for a picture outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. ?Photo by AP
A man dressed as The God of Wealth poses for a picture outside a shopping mall in Hong Kong. ?Photo by AP
Chinese New Year decorations are displayed at a building in Hong Kong. ?Photo by AP
Chinese New Year decorations are displayed at a building in Hong Kong. ?Photo by AP
Malaysian Chinese calligrapher Tony Yong writes traditional Chinese calligraphy on red paper for the upcoming Chinese New Year. ?Photo by AP
Malaysian Chinese calligrapher Tony Yong writes traditional Chinese calligraphy on red paper for the upcoming Chinese New Year. ?Photo by AP
Thean Hock Keong temple, also known as Snake Temple, in Klang, is seen outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ?Photo by AP
Thean Hock Keong temple, also known as Snake Temple, in Klang, is seen outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ?Photo by AP
A man exits a shop selling Chinese New Year decorations in Hong Kong. ?Photo by AFP
A man exits a shop selling Chinese New Year decorations in Hong Kong. ?Photo by AFP
A man walks past Chinese New Year's calligraphy displayed along a street of Hong Kong. ?Photo by AFP
A man walks past Chinese New Year's calligraphy displayed along a street of Hong Kong. ?Photo by AFP
A vendor sells Chinese New Year decorations at a market in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. ?Photo by AP
A vendor sells Chinese New Year decorations at a market in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. ?Photo by AP
A vendor sells Chinese New Year decorations at a market in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. ?Photo by AP
A vendor sells Chinese New Year decorations at a market in Hong Kong's Victoria Park. ?Photo by AP
A woman smiles next to blossoms at a Chinese New Year fair in Hong Kong. ?Photo by AFP
A woman smiles next to blossoms at a Chinese New Year fair in Hong Kong. ?Photo by AFP
Chinese decorative hanging items on sale for the lunar new year or Tet celebrations at a Tet market in downtown Hanoi. ?Photo by AFP
Chinese decorative hanging items on sale for the lunar new year or Tet celebrations at a Tet market in downtown Hanoi. ?Photo by AFP
An Indonesian worker dries colored circle incense sticks prepared for Chinese New Year celebrations, in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. ?Photo by AP
An Indonesian worker dries colored circle incense sticks prepared for Chinese New Year celebrations, in Tangerang on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia. ?Photo by AP
Visitors look at illuminations during the Zigong International Lantern Festival held in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Zigong in southwest China's Sichuan province. ?Photo by AP
Visitors look at illuminations during the Zigong International Lantern Festival held in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Zigong in southwest China's Sichuan province. ?Photo by AP
Decorative red lanterns are hung on trees ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Ditan Park (the Temple of Earth) in Beijing. ?Photo by Reuters
Decorative red lanterns are hung on trees ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations at Ditan Park (the Temple of Earth) in Beijing. ?Photo by Reuters
A boy poses for a photo under a tree decorated with red lanterns after a snowfall, at Ditan Park (the Temple of Earth) in Beijing. ?Photo by Reuters
A boy poses for a photo under a tree decorated with red lanterns after a snowfall, at Ditan Park (the Temple of Earth) in Beijing. ?Photo by Reuters
Volunteers give the finishing touches to a snake sand sculpture exhibited at the first sandy spring floral festival on Sentosa Island's Palawan beach off Singapore. The exhibition also features Chinese zodiac animals to celebrate the Lunar New Year. ?Photo by AFP
Volunteers give the finishing touches to a snake sand sculpture exhibited at the first sandy spring floral festival on Sentosa Island's Palawan beach off Singapore. The exhibition also features Chinese zodiac animals to celebrate the Lunar New Year. ?Photo by AFP

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