Lunar New Year 2009

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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