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The Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. (Feb. 12, 2013) Photo Credit: Sam Levitan

Chinese New Year slithers in on Sunday, with 2013 marking the Year of the Snake. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 150,000 Long Islanders identify themselves as Chinese, so celebrations here will be in full swing.

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute
Photo Credit: Sam Levitan

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. (Feb. 12, 2013)

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute
Photo Credit: Sam Levitan

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. (Feb. 12, 2013)

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute
Photo Credit: Sam Levitan

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. (Feb. 12, 2013)

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute
Photo Credit: Sam Levitan

Chinese New Year Celebration by the Confucius Institute at the Wang Center at Stony Brook University. (Feb. 12, 2013)

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese
Photo Credit: Handout

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese New Year with festivities including authentic Chinese dances and activities for kids.

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese
Photo Credit: Audrey C. Tiernan

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese New Year with festivities including authentic Chinese dances and activities for kids.

2 year old Adrian Zhamg from Mount Sinai
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

2 year old Adrian Zhamg from Mount Sinai tries out the drums during The Ward Melville Heritage Organization's celebration of the Chinese New Year. (Jan. 29, 2012)

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese
Photo Credit: Audrey C. Tiernan

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese New Year with festivities including authentic Chinese dances and activities for kids.

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese New Year in Stony Brook Village with festivities including authentic Chinese dances and activities for kids. (Jan. 29, 2013)

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

The Ward Melville Heritage Organization celebrates the Chinese New Year in Stony Brook Village with festivities including authentic Chinese dances and activities for kids. (Jan. 29, 2013)

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