Lunar New Year 2009


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2009 is the Year of the Ox and the crowds were busy celebrating in Nanjing earlier this week. As in the rest of China, the holiday’s generally a family affair. While there are a few organized public gatherings, temple fairs and the like, the day is usually spent like Christmas in the West; lots of food and family. But, once evening rolls around the fireworks start popping, lanterns start going into the air, and temples fill with worshippers praying for a prosperous year ahead. In Jiming Temple, where some of the photos below were taken, a girl was overheard talking with a friend, “Wow! So many people!” Her companion responded, matter-of-factly, “What do you think it’d be like in an economic crisis?!”

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