Lunar New Year 2011, that will start on Feb. 3, is the most important traditional celebration not only in China but also in many Asian countries like Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Japan, Vietnam Singapore. During the occasion, people in these nations often do some traditions like decorating their houses, preparing special food menus, buying new clothes, visiting family members and friends and especially giving others lucky money.
According to Chinese calendar, 2011 is the year of the rabbit, which symbolizes sensitivity, prudence, peace and wealth. Now, let\'s take a look at the New Year atmosphere in different areas around Asia.
Some Indonesian women select items for the Lunar New Year decoration at a shop in Jakarta on January 21, 2010
A man tries to choose a Lunar New Year tree at a shop in Jakarta on January 21, 2010
Snacks and candies are available in Indonesian shops to meet demands of residents preparing for the Lunar New Year in Jakarta on January 21, 2011
A woman walks around a shopping mall where Lunar New Year decorations are displayed in Shanghai on January 18, 2011
The photo captures Chinese children dressing up in costumes with the Chinese characters "rabbit" during a calligraphy competition for the Lunar New Year on January 17, 2011
The picture captures a shop selling ornaments for the upcoming Lunar New Year in central Kuala Lumpur on January 18, 2011
This woman buys a rabbit figurine sold in Chinatown ahead of the Lunar New Year in Manila on January 20, 2011
Lunar New Year decorations hang above a street in Singapore on January 21, 2011
Vietnamese people choose a Lunar New Year tree to decorate their homes
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