Year of the Snake - Chinese New Year 2013
17 images2013 Taipei Lantern Festival. Held on the 15th day of the Chinese lunar year, the lantern festival traditionally marks the end of the spring festival. 2013 is the year of the snake in the Chinese calendar.
18 imagesIn preparation for the upcoming Chinese lunar New Year, Taipei's Dihua St market opens for shoppers to stock up on dried goods, nuts, candy and other snack foods. Crowds from around Taiwan flock to the market daily eager to grab a bargain.
12 imagesOn the 6th day of the Chinese lunar year, the Tsuhsih Temple holds a 'Pigs of God' contest where the aim is to raise the fattest pig. In 2013 the heaviest pig weighed in at 960kg. The controversial practice is opposed by animal activists.