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Photos: Chinese Start 'Year of Rabbit' Celebrations with Chunyun

Tue 10 Jan 2023 | 11:34 PM
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A number of Chinese districts started the celebrations of the new Chinese year according to the lunar calendar. The celebrations traditionally begin 40 days before new Chinese year's eve, and they are called Chunyun.

Millions of people started their travels in China which is named the biggest annual human traffics and migration in the world as people travel to spend the holidays with their families.

Those travelings were restricted and controlled for the pandemic, therefore, those public celebrations will be the first since 2020 due to the pandemic. 

Chinese New Year is on January 22nd and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit. It will be a public holiday in China.

On the first day of the celebration, it is for families to gather together for a big meal. This meal includes dumplings, fish, and chicken. Moreover, homes needed to be decorated before the event as a sign of hope.

One of the celebrations is the distribution of red envelopes filled with money, known as “hongbao."

Next, there are many cultural events and activities such as temple fairs, lion and dragon dances, and parades. 

Firecrackers are also a common sight to keep evil spirits away which is a common belief among the Chinese.

This year will be the year of the rabbit and it is associated with intelligence, grace, and kindness. 

The Spring festival or the new Chinese year is not only celebrated in China but also in different countries with huge Chinese populations.

In addition, Chinese delegations in different countries host and organize celebrations.