BEIJING: Chinese are lighting incense sticks and praying at temples to wish for an auspicious start to the Lunar New Year.
Thousands visited Beijing's major temples on Saturday, the first day of the Year of the Rooster. Wearing heavy winter coats, they lit incense sticks and bowed as they prayed for good fortune and health. As many as 80,000 people were expected at the Lama Temple in central Beijing, state television reported.
Beijing's sprawling spring festival temple fair opened at Ditan Park, where empty tree branches were festooned with red lanterns and traditional goods and foods were for sale.
Other New Year's traditions include the eating of dumplings in northern China and the lighting of fireworks. Beijing's government called on Communist Party cadres and government staff not to set off firecrackers due to environmental concerns, but local media reported air pollution levels in Beijing and several other cities still shot up Friday night and early Saturday morning.
Ethnic Chinese and others around the world also marked the holiday with celebrations and visits to temples.
mahendra kumar Nayak
Best wishes to people of China on their Lunar new Year
save our children
Yes.. their culture is similar to ours. We must celebrate our New Year too with great excitement. First Jan is not Hindu New Year. Let us have grand HINDU NEW YEAR
Jorge Gonzalez Larramendi
6 hours ago
Weird. I live in a Chinatown: strangely quiet. Maybe my local Chinese are worried about the piles of muzz that suddenly moved in. . .
Year of the rooster, not the Dragon''s ! ~~~ LOL