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Red lanterns set for Chinese Lunar New Year are pictured at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 2, 2021. Xinhua
Red lanterns set for Chinese Lunar New Year are pictured at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 2, 2021. Xinhua
 A butterfly is seen among incense sticks during its drying process at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10, 2021. REUTERS
A butterfly is seen among incense sticks during its drying process at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10, 2021. REUTERS
People wearing protective face masks burn incense for good fortune at a Chinese temple ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 February 2021. EPA
People wearing protective face masks burn incense for good fortune at a Chinese temple ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 February 2021. EPA
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus light candles marking the start of spring according to the lunar calendar at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. AP
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus light candles marking the start of spring according to the lunar calendar at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. AP
Visitors pose for a wefie during the annual Dahlia Dreams floral display ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Ox, otherwise known as the Spring Festival, at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, January 31, 2021. REUTERS
Visitors pose for a wefie during the annual Dahlia Dreams floral display ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Ox, otherwise known as the Spring Festival, at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, January 31, 2021. REUTERS
A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus passes by a banner calling on residents to refrain from visiting families and relatives during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays that start Feb. 11, in front of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. South Korea on Sunday said it will maintain elevated social distancing measures for at least two more weeks as health officials raise concerns about a possible surge in coronavirus infections surrounding the Lunar New Year holidays. The banner reads: 'It is a filial piety not to visit during the Lunar New Year holidays.' AP
A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus passes by a banner calling on residents to refrain from visiting families and relatives during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays that start Feb. 11, in front of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. South Korea on Sunday said it will maintain elevated social distancing measures for at least two more weeks as health officials raise concerns about a possible surge in coronavirus infections surrounding the Lunar New Year holidays. The banner reads: 'It is a filial piety not to visit during the Lunar New Year holidays.' AP
A woman walks in front of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Shanghai, China, 02 February 2021. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2021 is the year of the Ox, starting from 12 February 2021. EPA
A woman walks in front of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Shanghai, China, 02 February 2021. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2021 is the year of the Ox, starting from 12 February 2021. EPA
 A woman shows a special coin for year of the ox at an Australian Post office, in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 2, 2021. The Chinese lunar new year falls on Feb. 12, 2021. Xinhua
A woman shows a special coin for year of the ox at an Australian Post office, in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 2, 2021. The Chinese lunar new year falls on Feb. 12, 2021. Xinhua
 Photo taken on Feb. 9, 2021 shows a set of commemorative stamps issued by the Armenian postal department recently to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in Armenia. The year 2021 is the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese zodiac. Xinhua
Photo taken on Feb. 9, 2021 shows a set of commemorative stamps issued by the Armenian postal department recently to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in Armenia. The year 2021 is the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese zodiac. Xinhua
A panda cub plays with festive decorations in its enclosure at the Shenshuping breeding base of Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wenchuan, in China's southwestern Sichuan province on February 3, 2021, ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Ox which falls on February 12. AFP
A panda cub plays with festive decorations in its enclosure at the Shenshuping breeding base of Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wenchuan, in China's southwestern Sichuan province on February 3, 2021, ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Ox which falls on February 12. AFP
A woman sits on a bull statue as she poses for photos to mark the Lunar New Year, which marks the Year of the Ox, outside a shop in Cyberjaya on February 9, 2021. AFP
A woman sits on a bull statue as she poses for photos to mark the Lunar New Year, which marks the Year of the Ox, outside a shop in Cyberjaya on February 9, 2021. AFP
A man wearing a protective face mask wipes a Buddha statue ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 4, 2021. REUTERS
A man wearing a protective face mask wipes a Buddha statue ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 4, 2021. REUTERS
Chinese god statues is cleaned in preparation for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration at a temple in Tangerang, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. AP
Chinese god statues is cleaned in preparation for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration at a temple in Tangerang, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. AP
Travelers wearing face masks arrive at Beijing Railway Station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations as the government urges people to avoid travel because of outbreaks of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China February 8, 2021. REUTERS
Travelers wearing face masks arrive at Beijing Railway Station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations as the government urges people to avoid travel because of outbreaks of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China February 8, 2021. REUTERS
A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. South Korean officials are taking steps to limit travel and gatherings during next week's Lunar New Year's holidays, as they fight a steady rise in coronavirus transmissions. AP
A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. South Korean officials are taking steps to limit travel and gatherings during next week's Lunar New Year's holidays, as they fight a steady rise in coronavirus transmissions. AP
This photo taken on February 7, 2021 shows workers disinfecting a long distance bus station in Bijie, in China's southwest Guizhou province, as authorities prepare for a travel peak ahead of the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Ox on February 12. AFP
This photo taken on February 7, 2021 shows workers disinfecting a long distance bus station in Bijie, in China's southwest Guizhou province, as authorities prepare for a travel peak ahead of the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Ox on February 12. AFP
Passengers arrive at the Beijing West railway station in Beijing on February 8, 2021, ahead the biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Ox on February 12. AFP
Passengers arrive at the Beijing West railway station in Beijing on February 8, 2021, ahead the biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Ox on February 12. AFP
 A traveller waits to board his train at Beijing South Railway station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, February 10, 2021. REUTERS
A traveller waits to board his train at Beijing South Railway station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, February 10, 2021. REUTERS
A man transports ducks at a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 09 February 2021. The Ministry of Health has issued guidelines urging the public to increase awareness in food safety to prevent bird flu in the lead up to Chinese Lunar New Year. EPA
A man transports ducks at a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 09 February 2021. The Ministry of Health has issued guidelines urging the public to increase awareness in food safety to prevent bird flu in the lead up to Chinese Lunar New Year. EPA
A traditional craftsman makes lion heads for the traditional Chinese lion dance in his workshop in Shah Alam, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The movement control order (MCO) currently enforced across the country, has been extended to Feb. 18, effectively covering the Chinese New Year festival that falls on Feb. 12 this year. AP
A traditional craftsman makes lion heads for the traditional Chinese lion dance in his workshop in Shah Alam, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The movement control order (MCO) currently enforced across the country, has been extended to Feb. 18, effectively covering the Chinese New Year festival that falls on Feb. 12 this year. AP
A man prepares to release carps into a lake in Hanoi, Vietnam 04 February 2021. Its a traditional for Vietnamese families to release live carps into lakes or rivers as a part of farewell ceremony for the Kitchen Gods (Tao Quan) on their annual trip to heaven, on the 23rd day of the last month of the lunar year. EPA
A man prepares to release carps into a lake in Hanoi, Vietnam 04 February 2021. Its a traditional for Vietnamese families to release live carps into lakes or rivers as a part of farewell ceremony for the Kitchen Gods (Tao Quan) on their annual trip to heaven, on the 23rd day of the last month of the lunar year. EPA
Customers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, purchase orchids at the flower markets in Victoria Park of Hong Kong, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Traditional Lunar New Year flower markets opened Saturday in Hong Kong, after a government virus policy U-turn. At the biggest venue, Victoria Park next to the popular downtown shopping district of Causeway Bay, the eerie emptiness is in stark contrast to the usual bustle of capacity crowds. AP
Customers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, purchase orchids at the flower markets in Victoria Park of Hong Kong, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Traditional Lunar New Year flower markets opened Saturday in Hong Kong, after a government virus policy U-turn. At the biggest venue, Victoria Park next to the popular downtown shopping district of Causeway Bay, the eerie emptiness is in stark contrast to the usual bustle of capacity crowds. AP
A Chinese couple wear face mask walks with Chinese lunar new year decoration at China town in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. The movement control order (MCO) currently enforced across the country, has been extended to Feb. 18, effectively covering the Chinese New Year festival that falls on Feb. 12 this year. AP
A Chinese couple wear face mask walks with Chinese lunar new year decoration at China town in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. The movement control order (MCO) currently enforced across the country, has been extended to Feb. 18, effectively covering the Chinese New Year festival that falls on Feb. 12 this year. AP
A girl wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus plays with a toy at Ditan Park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. AP
A girl wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus plays with a toy at Ditan Park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. AP
An actor adjusts his protective face shield as he prepares to go on stage during a Chinese Opera performance ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 February 2021 (issued 08 February 2021). The Sai Yong Hong opera troupe is one of the few remaining troupes in Thailand. The traditional Chinese Opera has been a part of Thai culture for centuries, with performances taking place on various occasions in the Thai-Chinese community. The Chinese Opera is a spectacle combining song, dance, acting, poetry and martial arts. Usually hired by local Chinese shrines to perform in Bangkok’s Chinatown during the festivals, the performers, most of them descendants of ethnic Teochew Chinese, wear colorful costumes and elaborate make-up to bring mythical stories to life. EPA
An actor adjusts his protective face shield as he prepares to go on stage during a Chinese Opera performance ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 February 2021 (issued 08 February 2021). The Sai Yong Hong opera troupe is one of the few remaining troupes in Thailand. The traditional Chinese Opera has been a part of Thai culture for centuries, with performances taking place on various occasions in the Thai-Chinese community. The Chinese Opera is a spectacle combining song, dance, acting, poetry and martial arts. Usually hired by local Chinese shrines to perform in Bangkok’s Chinatown during the festivals, the performers, most of them descendants of ethnic Teochew Chinese, wear colorful costumes and elaborate make-up to bring mythical stories to life. EPA
A miniature lion head is carried as it is prepared to be painted as a dragon and lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum at Manila's Chinatown, Binondo Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. AP
A miniature lion head is carried as it is prepared to be painted as a dragon and lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum at Manila's Chinatown, Binondo Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. AP
Robert Sicat sprays a protective coating on a Dragon head at a creekside slum at Manila's Chinatown, Binondo Philippines on Feb. 4, 2021. AP
Robert Sicat sprays a protective coating on a Dragon head at a creekside slum at Manila's Chinatown, Binondo Philippines on Feb. 4, 2021. AP
A man carries a boy wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus at Ditan Park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The park, which would normally host one of the biggest temple fairs in China's capital during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, is largely quiet this year as authorities canceled most public events in an effort to maintain control of the COVID-19 pandemic. AP
A man carries a boy wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus at Ditan Park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The park, which would normally host one of the biggest temple fairs in China's capital during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, is largely quiet this year as authorities canceled most public events in an effort to maintain control of the COVID-19 pandemic. AP
Chinese people shop for new year decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a market in Beijing, China, 01 February 2021. The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, falls on 12 February 2021, marking the beginning of the Year of the Ox.  EPA
Chinese people shop for new year decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a market in Beijing, China, 01 February 2021. The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, falls on 12 February 2021, marking the beginning of the Year of the Ox. EPA
A vendor is silhouetted by decorations in his store ahead of the Year of the Ox Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. A recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in China has prompted authorities to curb Lunar New Year activities, impacting a wide swath of industries from airlines, trains, hotels and restaurants to small shops selling decorations for the Year of the Ox. AP
A vendor is silhouetted by decorations in his store ahead of the Year of the Ox Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. A recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in China has prompted authorities to curb Lunar New Year activities, impacting a wide swath of industries from airlines, trains, hotels and restaurants to small shops selling decorations for the Year of the Ox. AP
Red lanterns set for Chinese Lunar New Year are pictured at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 2, 2021. Xinhua
Red lanterns set for Chinese Lunar New Year are pictured at Thean Hou Temple in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Feb. 2, 2021. Xinhua
 A butterfly is seen among incense sticks during its drying process at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10, 2021. REUTERS
A butterfly is seen among incense sticks during its drying process at a home-industry factory, ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, in Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, Indonesia, February 10, 2021. REUTERS
People wearing protective face masks burn incense for good fortune at a Chinese temple ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 February 2021. EPA
People wearing protective face masks burn incense for good fortune at a Chinese temple ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 February 2021. EPA
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus light candles marking the start of spring according to the lunar calendar at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. AP
People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus light candles marking the start of spring according to the lunar calendar at the Jogye Temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. AP
Visitors pose for a wefie during the annual Dahlia Dreams floral display ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Ox, otherwise known as the Spring Festival, at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, January 31, 2021. REUTERS
Visitors pose for a wefie during the annual Dahlia Dreams floral display ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year of the Ox, otherwise known as the Spring Festival, at Singapore's Gardens by the Bay, January 31, 2021. REUTERS
A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus passes by a banner calling on residents to refrain from visiting families and relatives during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays that start Feb. 11, in front of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. South Korea on Sunday said it will maintain elevated social distancing measures for at least two more weeks as health officials raise concerns about a possible surge in coronavirus infections surrounding the Lunar New Year holidays. The banner reads: 'It is a filial piety not to visit during the Lunar New Year holidays.' AP
A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus passes by a banner calling on residents to refrain from visiting families and relatives during the upcoming Lunar New Year holidays that start Feb. 11, in front of Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. South Korea on Sunday said it will maintain elevated social distancing measures for at least two more weeks as health officials raise concerns about a possible surge in coronavirus infections surrounding the Lunar New Year holidays. The banner reads: 'It is a filial piety not to visit during the Lunar New Year holidays.' AP
A woman walks in front of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Shanghai, China, 02 February 2021. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2021 is the year of the Ox, starting from 12 February 2021. EPA
A woman walks in front of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Shanghai, China, 02 February 2021. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2021 is the year of the Ox, starting from 12 February 2021. EPA
 A woman shows a special coin for year of the ox at an Australian Post office, in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 2, 2021. The Chinese lunar new year falls on Feb. 12, 2021. Xinhua
A woman shows a special coin for year of the ox at an Australian Post office, in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 2, 2021. The Chinese lunar new year falls on Feb. 12, 2021. Xinhua
 Photo taken on Feb. 9, 2021 shows a set of commemorative stamps issued by the Armenian postal department recently to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in Armenia. The year 2021 is the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese zodiac. Xinhua
Photo taken on Feb. 9, 2021 shows a set of commemorative stamps issued by the Armenian postal department recently to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year in Armenia. The year 2021 is the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese zodiac. Xinhua
A panda cub plays with festive decorations in its enclosure at the Shenshuping breeding base of Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wenchuan, in China's southwestern Sichuan province on February 3, 2021, ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Ox which falls on February 12. AFP
A panda cub plays with festive decorations in its enclosure at the Shenshuping breeding base of Wolong National Nature Reserve in Wenchuan, in China's southwestern Sichuan province on February 3, 2021, ahead of the Lunar New Year of the Ox which falls on February 12. AFP
A woman sits on a bull statue as she poses for photos to mark the Lunar New Year, which marks the Year of the Ox, outside a shop in Cyberjaya on February 9, 2021. AFP
A woman sits on a bull statue as she poses for photos to mark the Lunar New Year, which marks the Year of the Ox, outside a shop in Cyberjaya on February 9, 2021. AFP
A man wearing a protective face mask wipes a Buddha statue ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 4, 2021. REUTERS
A man wearing a protective face mask wipes a Buddha statue ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at a temple in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 4, 2021. REUTERS
Chinese god statues is cleaned in preparation for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration at a temple in Tangerang, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. AP
Chinese god statues is cleaned in preparation for the upcoming Lunar New Year celebration at a temple in Tangerang, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. AP
Travelers wearing face masks arrive at Beijing Railway Station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations as the government urges people to avoid travel because of outbreaks of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China February 8, 2021. REUTERS
Travelers wearing face masks arrive at Beijing Railway Station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations as the government urges people to avoid travel because of outbreaks of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China February 8, 2021. REUTERS
A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. South Korean officials are taking steps to limit travel and gatherings during next week's Lunar New Year's holidays, as they fight a steady rise in coronavirus transmissions. AP
A man wearing a face mask as a precaution against the coronavirus, walks in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2021. South Korean officials are taking steps to limit travel and gatherings during next week's Lunar New Year's holidays, as they fight a steady rise in coronavirus transmissions. AP
This photo taken on February 7, 2021 shows workers disinfecting a long distance bus station in Bijie, in China's southwest Guizhou province, as authorities prepare for a travel peak ahead of the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Ox on February 12. AFP
This photo taken on February 7, 2021 shows workers disinfecting a long distance bus station in Bijie, in China's southwest Guizhou province, as authorities prepare for a travel peak ahead of the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Ox on February 12. AFP
Passengers arrive at the Beijing West railway station in Beijing on February 8, 2021, ahead the biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Ox on February 12. AFP
Passengers arrive at the Beijing West railway station in Beijing on February 8, 2021, ahead the biggest holiday of the year, the Lunar New Year, which ushers in the Year of the Ox on February 12. AFP
 A traveller waits to board his train at Beijing South Railway station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, February 10, 2021. REUTERS
A traveller waits to board his train at Beijing South Railway station ahead of Lunar New Year celebrations following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Beijing, China, February 10, 2021. REUTERS
A man transports ducks at a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 09 February 2021. The Ministry of Health has issued guidelines urging the public to increase awareness in food safety to prevent bird flu in the lead up to Chinese Lunar New Year. EPA
A man transports ducks at a market in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 09 February 2021. The Ministry of Health has issued guidelines urging the public to increase awareness in food safety to prevent bird flu in the lead up to Chinese Lunar New Year. EPA
A traditional craftsman makes lion heads for the traditional Chinese lion dance in his workshop in Shah Alam, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The movement control order (MCO) currently enforced across the country, has been extended to Feb. 18, effectively covering the Chinese New Year festival that falls on Feb. 12 this year. AP
A traditional craftsman makes lion heads for the traditional Chinese lion dance in his workshop in Shah Alam, outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. The movement control order (MCO) currently enforced across the country, has been extended to Feb. 18, effectively covering the Chinese New Year festival that falls on Feb. 12 this year. AP
A man prepares to release carps into a lake in Hanoi, Vietnam 04 February 2021. Its a traditional for Vietnamese families to release live carps into lakes or rivers as a part of farewell ceremony for the Kitchen Gods (Tao Quan) on their annual trip to heaven, on the 23rd day of the last month of the lunar year. EPA
A man prepares to release carps into a lake in Hanoi, Vietnam 04 February 2021. Its a traditional for Vietnamese families to release live carps into lakes or rivers as a part of farewell ceremony for the Kitchen Gods (Tao Quan) on their annual trip to heaven, on the 23rd day of the last month of the lunar year. EPA
Customers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, purchase orchids at the flower markets in Victoria Park of Hong Kong, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Traditional Lunar New Year flower markets opened Saturday in Hong Kong, after a government virus policy U-turn. At the biggest venue, Victoria Park next to the popular downtown shopping district of Causeway Bay, the eerie emptiness is in stark contrast to the usual bustle of capacity crowds. AP
Customers wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, purchase orchids at the flower markets in Victoria Park of Hong Kong, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021. Traditional Lunar New Year flower markets opened Saturday in Hong Kong, after a government virus policy U-turn. At the biggest venue, Victoria Park next to the popular downtown shopping district of Causeway Bay, the eerie emptiness is in stark contrast to the usual bustle of capacity crowds. AP
A Chinese couple wear face mask walks with Chinese lunar new year decoration at China town in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. The movement control order (MCO) currently enforced across the country, has been extended to Feb. 18, effectively covering the Chinese New Year festival that falls on Feb. 12 this year. AP
A Chinese couple wear face mask walks with Chinese lunar new year decoration at China town in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. The movement control order (MCO) currently enforced across the country, has been extended to Feb. 18, effectively covering the Chinese New Year festival that falls on Feb. 12 this year. AP
A girl wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus plays with a toy at Ditan Park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. AP
A girl wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus plays with a toy at Ditan Park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. AP
An actor adjusts his protective face shield as he prepares to go on stage during a Chinese Opera performance ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 February 2021 (issued 08 February 2021). The Sai Yong Hong opera troupe is one of the few remaining troupes in Thailand. The traditional Chinese Opera has been a part of Thai culture for centuries, with performances taking place on various occasions in the Thai-Chinese community. The Chinese Opera is a spectacle combining song, dance, acting, poetry and martial arts. Usually hired by local Chinese shrines to perform in Bangkok’s Chinatown during the festivals, the performers, most of them descendants of ethnic Teochew Chinese, wear colorful costumes and elaborate make-up to bring mythical stories to life. EPA
An actor adjusts his protective face shield as he prepares to go on stage during a Chinese Opera performance ahead of the upcoming Lunar New Year in Bangkok, Thailand, 04 February 2021 (issued 08 February 2021). The Sai Yong Hong opera troupe is one of the few remaining troupes in Thailand. The traditional Chinese Opera has been a part of Thai culture for centuries, with performances taking place on various occasions in the Thai-Chinese community. The Chinese Opera is a spectacle combining song, dance, acting, poetry and martial arts. Usually hired by local Chinese shrines to perform in Bangkok’s Chinatown during the festivals, the performers, most of them descendants of ethnic Teochew Chinese, wear colorful costumes and elaborate make-up to bring mythical stories to life. EPA
A miniature lion head is carried as it is prepared to be painted as a dragon and lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum at Manila's Chinatown, Binondo Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. AP
A miniature lion head is carried as it is prepared to be painted as a dragon and lion dance group seek other ways to earn a living at a creekside slum at Manila's Chinatown, Binondo Philippines on Feb. 3, 2021. The Dragon and Lion dancers won't be performing this year after the Manila city government banned the dragon dance, street parties, stage shows or any other similar activities during celebrations for Chinese New Year due to COVID-19 restrictions leaving several businesses without income as the country grapples to start vaccination this month. AP
Robert Sicat sprays a protective coating on a Dragon head at a creekside slum at Manila's Chinatown, Binondo Philippines on Feb. 4, 2021. AP
Robert Sicat sprays a protective coating on a Dragon head at a creekside slum at Manila's Chinatown, Binondo Philippines on Feb. 4, 2021. AP
A man carries a boy wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus at Ditan Park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The park, which would normally host one of the biggest temple fairs in China's capital during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, is largely quiet this year as authorities canceled most public events in an effort to maintain control of the COVID-19 pandemic. AP
A man carries a boy wearing a face mask to protect against the spread of the coronavirus at Ditan Park in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021. The park, which would normally host one of the biggest temple fairs in China's capital during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday, is largely quiet this year as authorities canceled most public events in an effort to maintain control of the COVID-19 pandemic. AP
Chinese people shop for new year decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a market in Beijing, China, 01 February 2021. The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, falls on 12 February 2021, marking the beginning of the Year of the Ox.  EPA
Chinese people shop for new year decorations for the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year at a market in Beijing, China, 01 February 2021. The Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, falls on 12 February 2021, marking the beginning of the Year of the Ox. EPA
A vendor is silhouetted by decorations in his store ahead of the Year of the Ox Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. A recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in China has prompted authorities to curb Lunar New Year activities, impacting a wide swath of industries from airlines, trains, hotels and restaurants to small shops selling decorations for the Year of the Ox. AP
A vendor is silhouetted by decorations in his store ahead of the Year of the Ox Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. A recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in China has prompted authorities to curb Lunar New Year activities, impacting a wide swath of industries from airlines, trains, hotels and restaurants to small shops selling decorations for the Year of the Ox. AP
Choi Won-suk wschoi@koreatimes.co.kr


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