This is the best lion dancer for Chinese New Year that I have seen. pic.twitter.com/blBjG1O7lr
— Ellen Chang ? ? ? (@EllenYChang) January 24, 2022
People across Asia prepared for muted Lunar New Year celebrations, ushering in the Year of the Tiger, amid concerns over the virus and omicron. Many were looking ahead with hope that the region's high vaccination rates might bring life closer to normal. https://t.co/LovID3fcvr
— The Associated Press (@AP) January 31, 2022
… This will be the third new year in a row celebrated in the shadow of the pandemic. It was two days before the holiday in 2020 that China locked down Wuhan — a city of 11 million people — following the detection of the coronavirus there.
Some 85% of Chinese are now fully vaccinated, according to Our World in Data, and more Chinese have been traveling domestically this year, despite government warnings. Many people prepare to celebrate by buying red lanterns and other decorations for their homes, and food to mark the beginning of a new year…
Some 260 million people traveled in China in the first 10 days of the holiday rush starting Jan. 17 — fewer than before the pandemic but up 46% over last year. Overall, the government forecasts 1.2 billion trips during the holiday season, up 36% from a year ago.
This year the celebrations coincide with the Beijing Winter Olympics, which open near the end of the weeklong holiday. The Chinese capital has been tightening controls to contain coronavirus outbreaks ahead of the sporting event…
With the Year of the Tiger, many are hoping the traditional powers attributed to the animal will help put the country on a path out of the pandemic, said Chen Lianshan, a Beijing university expert on Chinese folklore.
“The tiger is a protection against evil spirits and it can defeat demons and ghosts of all kinds, and the Chinese believe that the plague is one kind of an evil spirit,” he said.
Elsewhere in Asia, there were signs that celebrations might not be as subdued as they were last year. Despite ongoing pandemic restrictions, most people are now vaccinated with at least two shots in many of the region’s countries…
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 29, 2022
Chinese New Year: What is it and how is it celebrated? https://t.co/bD5xvqx3tD
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) January 28, 2022
— Reuters (@Reuters) January 31, 2022
Video at the link:
Cambodian dragon and lion dancer Gnuon Virak huddles his troupe together in a circle, before they let out a team cheer and get to work rehearsing for their a Lunar New Year performance – their only one of the pandemic-stricken year.
Gnuon, 28, has loved dancing since he was a child, and grew up near a Chinese-style temple in the capital Phnom Penh. Seven years ago, he asked a master to teach him to dance and joined a troupe, known as the Bodhi Tree Troupe. Eventually he became a team leader.
“We must practice this dancing every day,” he said during a rehearsal. “This requires complete focus and motivation.”
The transportation company employee used to supplement his regular income of about $300 a month with lion and dragon dances, earning about $20 to perform at local events. That has all but dried up during the pandemic, with the number of performances bottoming out to about one a month instead of five…
This robot is bringing high tech to Lunar New Year celebrations pic.twitter.com/gI1qPH94lr
— Reuters (@Reuters) February 1, 2022