Millions celebrate Chinese New Year

11th Feb 2013

Chinese New Year has been celebrated by hundreds of millions of people with fireworks in Beijing marking the start of the celebrations.

Around 200 million people in China travelled to be with their families for the celebrations, marking the opening of the year of the snake, taking over from the dragon.

China Central Television's Spring Festival Gala was held on New Year's Eve, Saturday.

The gala saw 700 million people tune in as Celine Dion sang My Heart Will Go On from the movie Titanic. Before delighting the crowds with the Hollywood classic she first sang a traditional folk song Jasmine Flower as a duet with Chinese soprano Song Zuying. She performed the folk song in Mandarin.

Dion was delighted to take part in the celebrations, describing her role as "a wonderful, big honour".

The Spring Festival Gala is the top-rated show in the country and is shown live on the night before the first day of China's traditional lunar calendar.

Gangnam Style from rapper Psy was everywhere last year, so it's only fitting the South Korean star took part in the Lunar New Year celebrations too by performing his routine on another show.

In London Chinese New Year was celebrated in Trafalgar Square, with thousands of people turning up to welcome in the year of the snake with music, dancing and fireworks.

The streets of Chinatown were lit up by parades of performers decked out in colourful costumes.

Liu Xiaoming, the Chinese ambassador to the UK, said: "I'm very pleased to see that Chinese New Year is not just Chinese.

"It's really become a carnival of British people and Chinese people, and shows our closer cultural relations between China and Great Britain."

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