Chinese celebrate start of year of the horse

Millions attend fireworks displays and pray at temples as parts of Asia mark the lunar new year.

    Chinese communities around the world began celebrating the Chinese New Year with customary riotous firework displays.

    Celebrations began well into Thursday night in Beijing and large crowds lined up on Friday morninge outside temples to be among the first to pray for good fortune.

    This year is signified by the horse, a dynamic animal in Chinese mythology conducive to achievement.

    "The year of the horse it represents immediate success. It means that if there is something you've been wanting to do, when the year of the horse arrives, you will definitely succeed in doing it. I will succeed too," said 60-year-old salesman Yang Zongtao.

    The Chinese New Year lasts for fifteen days and is the longest and most important festivity in the lunar calendar, virtually shutting down mainland China.

    It is the only holiday of the year for many.

    Airports, train and bus stations saw a crush of holiday travelers, with migrant workers making the lengthy trip back to their rural hometowns and prosperous urban dwellers heading to vacations abroad.

    A continuing campaign against waste and corruption foreshadowed more modest celebrations this year, while a crackdown on air pollution attempted to reign the usual orgy of fireworks.

    On self-governing Taiwan, revelers jammed into the capital Taipei's historic shopping district to load up on holiday snacks.

    Koreans and Vietnamese also celebrate the holiday.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Thou Shalt Not Kill: Israel's Hilltop Youth

    Meet the hardline group willing to do anything, including going against their government, to claim land for Israel.