The Far East island of Taiwan is preparing for a month of celebrations for Chinese New Year, one of the country's most important festivals.
This year, Chinese New Year falls on February 10, but the celebrations will carry on pending the end of the month when Taiwan hosts the 23rd annual light Festival to welcome the Year of the Snake. The festival takes place from February 24-March 10 2013.
Taiwan's largest festival, the light Festival, is held annually on the first full moon of the lunar calendar - this year, February 24.
This event forms the final celebrations of the traditional Chinese New Year and the two-week long festival is celebrated throughout the country with towns and villages putting on beautiful displays of pretty lanterns depicting birds, beasts and historical figures.
The main festival is held in a different town every year, with the 2013 event being held in Hsinchu County. This festival all people wear in new clothes.