China celebrates Lunar New Year with most COVID rules lifted

Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST
  • Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit.
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Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is being celebrated today, January 22 by more than a billion people from China and Asia. In China, people rang in the Lunar New Year with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict “zero-COVID” policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival is being celebrated today, January 22 by more than a billion people from China and Asia. In China, people rang in the Lunar New Year with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict “zero-COVID” policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago. (AFP)

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Many people could finally make their first trip back to their hometowns to reunite with their families due to the easing of COVID restrictions. (AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

Many people could finally make their first trip back to their hometowns to reunite with their families due to the easing of COVID restrictions. (AFP)

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In Beijing, many worshippers offered morning prayers at the Lama Temple on the occasion of Lunar New Year. (AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

In Beijing, many worshippers offered morning prayers at the Lama Temple on the occasion of Lunar New Year. (AFP)

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A dragon dance group performs in front of a store during lunar new year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Manila.(AFP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

A dragon dance group performs in front of a store during lunar new year celebrations in the Chinatown area of Manila.(AFP)

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Some children were seen wearing traditional Chinese rabbit hats while others held blown sugar or marshmallows shaped like rabbits.(ANI) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

Some children were seen wearing traditional Chinese rabbit hats while others held blown sugar or marshmallows shaped like rabbits.(ANI)

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“He has never experienced what a traditional new year is like because he was too young three years ago and he had no memory of that,” said Si Jia, a Beijing resident. "But this year I can show him around here.” (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

“He has never experienced what a traditional new year is like because he was too young three years ago and he had no memory of that,” said Si Jia, a Beijing resident. "But this year I can show him around here.” (REUTERS)

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Residents and tourists thronged pedestrian streets in the Qianmen area near Tiananmen Square. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

Residents and tourists thronged pedestrian streets in the Qianmen area near Tiananmen Square. (REUTERS)

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A popular temple fair at Badachu Park that was suspended for three years will be back this week, but similar events at Ditan Park and Longtan Lake Park have yet to return. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

A popular temple fair at Badachu Park that was suspended for three years will be back this week, but similar events at Ditan Park and Longtan Lake Park have yet to return. (REUTERS)

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Meanwhile, the crowds praying for good fortune at the historic Longshan Temple in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, were smaller than a year ago even as the pandemic has eased. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

Meanwhile, the crowds praying for good fortune at the historic Longshan Temple in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, were smaller than a year ago even as the pandemic has eased. (REUTERS)

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A woman and a child pose a souvenir photo with a rabbit shaped floral decoration at a pedestrian shopping street at Qianmen on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing.(AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

A woman and a child pose a souvenir photo with a rabbit shaped floral decoration at a pedestrian shopping street at Qianmen on the first day of the Lunar New Year holiday in Beijing.(AP)

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As communities across Asia welcomed the Year of the Rabbit, the Vietnamese were celebrating the Year of the Cat instead.(AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jan 22, 2023 02:50 PM IST

As communities across Asia welcomed the Year of the Rabbit, the Vietnamese were celebrating the Year of the Cat instead.(AP)

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