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UK celebrates Chinese New Year

People across the UK are celebrating the Chinese New Year which is marking the transition between the Year of the Dragon to the start of the Year of the Snake.

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Thousands bring in Chinese New Year

Thousands of people braved the rain to pack into Trafalgar Square in central London to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Performers carry a dragon through the streets of London. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Music, dancing and fireworks displays kept up the crowd's spirits as they saw in the Year of the Snake.

The Chinese New Year welcomes the Year of the Snake. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Performers from China and the UK wore colourful costumes as they paraded through the streets of China Town, before dignitaries took part in a traditional Dragon Eyes Dotting Ceremony.

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