China ushers in Year of the Rabbit with most COVID rules lifted | World

BEIJING (AP) — People across China on Sunday ushered in the Lunar New Year with large family reunions and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict “zero-COVID” policy, marking what will be the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began represented three years.

The Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday in China. Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese Zodiac in a repeating cycle, this year being the Year of the Rabbit. For the past three years, celebrations have been muted in the shadow of the pandemic.

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