Written by Staff Writer
18 Feb, 2015 | 6:14 pm
Countries across Asia are beginning Lunar New Year celebrations to welcome in the year of the sheep.
In China, hundreds of millions of people are travelling home in what is considered the world’s biggest annual human migration.
State media says about three billion passenger trips will be made by plane, train and car over the 40 day period.
It is a public holiday in many places with ethnic Chinese populations such as Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
The festival is known as Tet in Vietnam and Seollal in South Korea, and is traditionally a time to be with family.
In a speech at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday, Chinese President Xi Jinping extended Lunar New Year greetings to Chinese people everywhere.
Celebrations in Shanghai, and in many other Chinese cities, have been toned down this year after a stampede at New Year event in January left 36 people dead.
Source : BBC
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