Indonesian artists, dressed as mermaids in traditional Chinese cheongsam costume and lions, perform underwater in a programme celebrating the lunar new year at Jakarta’s Ancol park on Friday.
A worshipper wearing a Chinese opera outfit waits to burn incense and pray at the Wong Tai Sin Temple to welcome the lunar new year of the horse in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands of worshippers flocked to temples across Hong Kong to pray for good luck and fortune for the new year. Read more
A display of lanterns for the lunar new year in Beijing. China is preparing to welcome the year of the horse, which falls on January 31 and will see Chinese travelers make about 3.62bn trips during the 40-day Spring Festival travel period.
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An employee of a glass recycling processing plant stands before a mountain of bottles stacked up in Gameren, Netherlands today, following the Christmas and new year celebrations
Japanese well-wishers shout “banzai” to Japan’s Emperor Akihito during the royal family’s public appearance for new year celebrations at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday.
A worker checks the coal as he roasts pigs in Manila on Monday for the busy holiday season. ‘Lechon’, or roasted pig, has always been a regular fare at Philippine festivities, especially during Christmas and New Year celebrations.
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A woman lights frankincense as she prays at Shwedagon Pagoda on the first day of Myanmar‘s traditional New Year in Yangon on Wednesday.