The Chinese marked the arrival of their new lunar year, the year of the horse, around the globe on January 31. Extraordinary levels of excitement were seen across China, Hong Kong and Taiwan on Thursday evening with celebrations peaking high.
On the eve of the Lunar New Year most Chinese as ritual light up incense sticks with a hope is to bring as much good fortune for the coming year. Buddhist Chinese streamed into Buddhist and Taoist temples for prayers on Friday along with visiting fairs and witnessing cultural performances. However, the Chinese New Year celebrations as a Spring Festival will traditionally continue for two weeks.
Almost, in every big city of the world, there is a China Town as a home to migrant Chinese, who celebrated their new year with great festivities by organizing fairs, prayers, parades, loud music of drums and cymbals, street performances and Chinese food stalls and gift items.
At Beijing’s Baiyunguan Temple, a large number of Chinese took part in the tradition of coin-throwing to welcome their New Year. People tried to strike the bell under the arch of the temple with coins for good luck and prosperity in the New Year.
In many other towns of China, people visited temples early in the morning and burned incense and prayed. Fireworks displays on Friday night took place in various localities to herald the Chinese New Year.
In many countries of East Asia, the Chinese New Year is a public holiday due to large concentration of people of Chinese origin. The places and countries like Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius and Philippines, the Year of the Horse and two-week festivities began with a bang on Friday.
It is believed by Chinese that people born in the year of the wood horse are going to be strong headed, energetic, talkative and sociable.