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China celebrates the New Year

22.01.2023 ТАСС 211 просмотров

The Lunar New Year has arrived in China.

Residents of China on Sunday celebrate the New Year according to the lunar calendar (Chunze), which will be held under the sign of the black water rabbit.

This is the first New Year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Chinese residents can freely travel around the country, which became possible after local authorities lifted anti-covid restrictions on movement around the country, as well as border bans, in December last year. According to the State Administration for Immigration Affairs of the People's Republic of China, the number of entries and exits from China during the upcoming holidays on the occasion of the Lunar New Year will be about 600 thousand, which is almost twice the number of entries and exits from China during the New Year holidays a year earlier.

In connection with the upcoming holidays in China, some restaurants, banks, shops and government offices were closed during the holidays. Only the police, firefighters and other emergency services remain on duty.

This year, the Beijing administration imposed a ban on traditional Chinese New Year fireworks due to security measures. This is evidenced by SMS messages sent by the authorities to the phone numbers of cellular subscribers living in the capital of the People's Republic of China, and paper alerts distributed throughout the city. At the same time, it is expected that in Beijing will resume holding traditional temple fairs and other festive events after the pandemic.

The Lunar New Year (Chunjie) came on the night of January 21-22 and will last until February 10, 2024. Its patron is the water rabbit, whose main colors are black and blue. For Chinese residents, Chunjie is one of the most important holidays celebrated according to the lunar calendar. This is a traditional time for tourist trips and visits to native places.

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