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Photos Of Lunar New Year Celebrations Across Asia

A man wearing a face mask burns the first incense while offering prayers at the Hoku Rai Kion temple in Bekasi, Indonesia, Sunday, January 22, 2023. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

  • Chinese New Year celebrations have resumed in China after three years of COVID-19 restrictions.
  • It was the country’s biggest celebration since the pandemic began.
  • Photos show the revelers enjoying their vacations across Asia.

Revelers across Asia turned out for the start of the Lunar New Year celebrations on Sunday. For China, it was the biggest celebration since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because China began lifting “COVID-zero” restrictions in December.

Photos show mass gatherings in the streets of Beijing as well as temples in Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Seoul.

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China, and each year is named after an animal or mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac. This year marks the Year of the Rabbit for most people who celebrate, except Vietnamese people who have several different zodiac signs. considers 2023 to be the Year of the CatHolidays are a time to indulge in gatherings with family and friends, traditional food and drink, and general festivities.

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The Associated Press reported that on New Year’s Eve, crowds of people flocked to Hong Kong’s largest Taoist temple, Wong Tai Sin, with incense in hand, each trying to be the first or first to put their own incense on the stand. bottom. In front of the main hall of the temple. Tradition holds that the person who puts down the incense first has the best chance of having their prayers answered.

Some waited up to 7 hours outside Wong Tai Sin temple According to the South China Morning Post, New Year’s Incense sticks will be installed for the first time in three years on Saturday due to coronavirus restrictions.

Lunar New Year Usually facilitates the largest annual human migration on Earth, according to National Geographic. Every year, billions of people travel to their ancestral homes to celebrate the holidays with their families.

The celebration lasts for 16 days, during which people watch fireworks, eat feasts, and exchange red envelopes, or “red envelopes,” which traditionally contain monetary gifts.Click the slideshow above to see images of fun across Asia

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