Dragon dancers, snake charmers and folk artists continue to fascinate the crowds as the Chinese New Year celebrations enter the second day.

Cities and villages across China, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam remain in festive spirit with red lanterns and paper hangings adorning their homes.

The second day of the Chinese New Year is special for married daughters as they return home to visit their family.

Soak in the celebrations with these pictures:

Chinese New Year 2012: A woman poses for a photograph next to a tree with red lanterns at an entrance to the temple fair in Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 24, 2012.Reuters
Chinese New Year 2012: Residents carry a 'dragon', constructed using wooden benches and decorations, as they perform a dragon dance on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at a village in Wuhu, Anhui province, January 24, 2012.Reuters
Chinese New Year 2012: A man covers a woman with live snakes as she lies on a small stage to showcase acts of magic and feats of unusual physical abilities at the temple fair in Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 24, 2012.Reuters
Chinese New Year 2012: Chinese folk artists on stilts perform at a Spring Festival Temple Fair on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Longtan Park in Beijing January 24, 2012.Reuters
Chinese New Year 2012: Folk artists on stilts perform at a Spring Festival Temple Fair on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Longtan Park in Beijing January 24, 2012.Reuters
Chinese New Year 2012: A woman swallows a live snake as she performs on a small stage showcasing acts of magic and feats of unusual physical abilities at the temple fair in Ditan Park, also known as the Temple of Earth, in Beijing January 24, 2012.Reuters
Chinese New Year 2012: Two male folk artists dressed as Chinese traditional women dance at a Spring Festival Temple Fair on the second day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at Longtan Park in Beijing January 24, 2012.Reuters
Chinese New Year 2012: Performers dance during a night parade to celebrate Lunar New Year in Hong Kong January 23, 2012.Reuters