From Jakarta to Seoul, Bangkok to Beijing, individuals in Asia have been celebrating the Lunar New Year marking the begin of the Year of the Rabbit.
Lunar New Year is the most important holiday in the Chinese calendar, a time to collect with family, reconnect with friends and indulge in food and drink. Each year in the Chinese zodiac is believed to bear the characteristics of its namesake animal, with the Year of the Rabbit believed one of calm and contemplation — a good time to form partnerships and, for many, hopefully begin making money again.
This year is especially special for numerous in mainland China because it follows the lifting last month of draconian COVID-19 restrictions, allowing a return to numerous aspects of normal life.
The abrupt lifting of containment measures led to a surge of new cases, but the worst appears to be over in Beijing at least, and most appear content to live with a degree of risk.
“In general, life is returning to normal because most individuals are healthy...