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AP PHOTOS: East Asia marks Lunar New Year of the Rabbit

BEIJING (AP) — From Jakarta to Seoul, Bangkok to Beijing, people across Asia celebrate the Lunar New Year as it marks the beginning of the Year of the Rabbit.

Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar, a time to gather with family, reunite with friends, and indulge in food and drink. Each year in the Chinese zodiac is considered to have the character of the animal that bears it, and the Year of the Rabbit is considered the year of calm and contemplation. This is a good time to form partnerships and, for many, start making money again.

This year is a particularly special year for many in mainland China. Lifting of strict COVID-19 restrictions last monthcan return to many aspects of normal life.

The sudden lifting of containment measures led to a surge in new infections, The worst in Beijing seems to be over At the very least, most people seem content to live with some degree of risk.

“Now that most people are healthy, life is generally back to normal,” he said Sunday morning from the nearby city of Tangshan with his wife and two sons in Beijing’s bustling Qianmen tourist area. “I’m looking forward to seeing how the economy grows in the new year and what the country can achieve in the international market,” said Zhang Yiwen, who arrived to celebrate New Year’s Day in the New Year.

Many festivals involve visiting temples and burning incense sticks to please traditional Chinese deities and bring good luck for the months ahead.

These are usually accompanied by bustling temple fairs and markets, where traditional arts and crafts and delicious seasonal food are served, but Beijing has been cautious by curtailing such large gatherings again. I chose to make mistakes.

Despite the lack of a previous temple fair, Beijing’s Taolanting Park, with its frozen lake, is popular with visitors who stroll across the bridge past lanterns with the word “happiness” on them. had.

In addition to the predominantly overseas Chinese communities in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan, the festival is also celebrated by large overseas Chinese communities in South Korea, Vietnam, and countries such as Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

Outdoor exhibitions provided opportunities for many to strike their best poses for the holidays. Red is a valid color in China. I called.

China’s COVID-19 measures have lasted so long that many young children celebrated the Chinese New Year under normal conditions for the first time this year.

“He’s never experienced what a traditional New Year’s holiday looks like, because three years ago he was too young to remember what the New Year’s celebrations were like,” crowd the front gate. “But I can guide him here this year.”

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