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Oversea countries celebrate Lunar New Year

02-01-2014 12:28 BJT Special Report: 2014 Spring Festival |

The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is a centuries-old tradition, celebrated in many places around the world. The festival serves as a strong uniting force, and is also a time for taking part in traditional activities.

A festival mood spreads globally.

In Pyongyang, freezing temperatures failed to stop thousands of people from celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Crowds of people flooded to Kim Il Sung Square to enjoy fireworks, the first time the country has lit them off to mark the holiday.

Citizens in Pyongyang could hardly hide their joy and loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un.

"I am really glad to see this wonderful fireworks display celebrating the Lunar New Year day. While watching the fireworks, I feel more strongly that we have a bright future following the leadership of our respected Marshal Kim Jong Un." a Pyongyang citizen said.

In Japan’s Yokohama Chinatown, the festival was marked with lion dances and a countdown.

A mixed dance troupe of Japanese and Chinese is traveling around the nation to deliver performances, which is believed to bring good fortune and prosperity in the new year.

The lion dance troupe members take their responsibilities seriously, as relations between Japan and China are at a stalemate.

"Well, we do these sorts of events all over, including in and around Chinatown with the intent to move the audiences. For us it opens up lines of communications and we would hope that it could in some way improve relations between the Japanese and Chinese communities as well." Yuki Hayashi, Lion Dance Performer said.

Outside Asia, London’s celebrations are the biggest.

Apart from Chinese acrobatics and lion dances, a New Year’s Parade led by the Lucky Money God, wound its way through London’s West End.

Meanwhile, the giant landmark London Eye ferris wheel lit up in red and gold to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

As London Mayor, Boris Johnson, said, "London will be the best place in Europe to celebrate the Year of the Horse."

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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