Worshippers celebrate lunar new year across Asia

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Published: 2023-01-22 13:03

Last Updated: 2023-02-04 15:04


Worshippers celebrate lunar new year across Asia
Worshippers celebrate lunar new year across Asia

Worshippers across Asia celebrated the Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, Saturday night.

They said their goodbyes to the Year of the Tiger and welcomed the Year of the Rabbit on Jan. 22.

In Hong Kong, hundreds of worshippers throng to a Daoist temple to offer incense at the turn of the lunar new year, which is celebrated at 11pm.

The city's famous Wong Tai Sin temple welcomed crowds of visitors for the ritual of burning the first incense sticks of the year, as the city and mainland China ease COVID-19 restrictions and border controls.

"This year is a little bit special because it's the first year after the pandemic...I think everybody is hoping for (good) health," said one worshipper.

In Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen gives out "fortune packets" to worshippers on the first day of the Lunar New Year as they pray to deities for good health and fortune in the Year of the Rabbit.

Known as "Chou-chun" in Taiwan, it is customary for families to visit their neighbourhood temples with offerings to ask for good luck in the new year.