images of celebrations around the world

Celebrations to celebrate the entry into the Year of the Rabbit, according to the lunar calendar, were held all over the world on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January.

In China, the New Year festivities have a special flavor: for the first time since 2020, they are not accompanied by movement restrictions, after the abandonment of the zero covid policy. Chinese transport authorities have forecast that more than two billion trips will be made between January and February.

Tens of millions of people have traveled across the country in recent days to reunite with family for the festivities on Sunday, raising fears of the risk of a new explosion in the number of contaminations. Chinese President Xi Jinping said he is getting “worry” for the epidemic situation in the countryside where tens of millions of Chinese are currently reuniting with their families for the holidays. According to the British medical analysis company Airfinity, the daily number of Covid deaths in China is expected to climb to around 36,000 during the New Year holidays.

The change of lunar year was celebrated in many places of the planet, here is a tour of the world in pictures.

A man prays at the Lama Temple in Beijing on January 22, 2023.
In front of the Yellow Crane Tower in Wuhan, January 21, 2023.
In the Wong Tai Sin temple, in Hong Kong, on January 21, 2023.
A woman in front of a wall decoration, in Beijing, on January 21, 2023.
Visitors watch a lion dance performance at the Sea World Ancol aquarium ahead of the new year in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 18, 2023.
Near Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China, 22 January 2023.
In Seoul, January 22, 2023.
Shopping for New Year's Eve at a market in Taipei, Taiwan, January 20, 2023.
Inside the railway station in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, January 20, 2023.
In front of the Zojo-ji temple, as the Tokyo Tower is illuminated in red to celebrate the Chinese New Year, in Tokyo on January 21, 2023.
Villagers prepare to throw yusheng (raw fish) during a
In Madrid, Spain, on January 22, 2023..
North Koreans pay their respects to former leaders Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il, on Mansu Hill, in Pyongyang, North Korea, January 22, 2023.
Preparations for the parade celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Rabbit, in central London, on January 22, 2023.
Inside a Chinese temple in Yangon, Myanmar, January 22, 2023.
In the Hok Lay Kiong temple, in Bekasi, Indonesia, on January 22, 2023.

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