PHOTOS From Chinese Year Of The SNAKE Festival

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Snakes on a plate: The snake goes in through the performer's nose and emerges through his mouthHappy chew year: A snake charmer welcomes the year of the revered reptile in the Chinese capital of Beijing today to celebrate the beginning of a new year
A performer wowed the crowd in Beijing with a less-than-appetizing snake act, putting the heads of live reptiles in his mouth during a festival for theChinese new year, called ‘Lunar Festivals’ to commemorate the year of the snake.
The Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, began on Sunday, marking the start of the Chinese zodiac’s year of the snake.

Lucky charm: The crowd at Ditan Temple Park, Beijing was allowed to touch the performer's python, a sign of good fortune for the new year
Return of the reptile: A female snake charmer cuddles her python on stage in a park in Beijing as China celebrates the coming of the year of the snake
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