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China: Beijing celebrates Chinese New Year with ancient bell-ringing ceremony

5 07.02.2016 Инфо

Residents of Beijing welcomed the Chinese New Year 2016 with an ancient bell-ringing ceremony at midnight (16:00 GMT), Sunday. Hundreds of fireworks lit up the sky as officials rang the Da Zhong Temple bell 108 times.
The Buddhist tradition, which started in the Da Zhong Temple (also known as the Big Bell Temple), is said to remove 108 worries and bring good luck and happiness over the coming year.
The Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, begins on February 8 and marks the beginning of the 'year of the monkey' in the Chinese zodiac. Millions of people from the Chinese diaspora have travelled to the country to celebrate and take part in the festivities.