In china, hundreds of millions of people are preparing to celebrate Lunar New Year which begins in 19 February as a public holiday in many places with ethnic Chinese populations such as Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
According to a stampede at New Year event in January which left 36 people dead, Chinese government declares that Celebrations in Shanghai, and in many other Chinese cities will be toned down this year. Hong Kong leader CY Leung delivers a message to citizens urging them to “be like sheep”.
In this special occasion, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts organized an amazing fireworks to start a number of celebratory events in NYC which include a Chinese New Year concert with Yo Yo Ma and the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.
The press sources, which covered the fireworks display, says that Harmonious China, “was divided into four thematic and emotional chapters—starting with “Great Jubilance”, followed by “The Return of Spring”, then “Illumination of Stars and the Moon”, and concluding with a powerful “Universal Celebration.
According to Chinese folk tradition, the New Year celebrations, which permeate the Spring Festival, the biggest holiday in China, begins before a week of the new year, but the summit will be in New Year’s Eve, which falls today.