PHOTO ESSAY/Lunar New Year approaches
Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) A seven-day holiday began in Taiwan on Thursday to celebrate the Lunar New Year and to usher in the Year of the Dragon, with celebrations taking place across Taiwan and several other Asian countries.
People in Taiwan usually travel back to their hometowns for dinner on Lunar New Year's Eve, packing freeways, trains, and domestic flights.
Alternatively, some choose to travel abroad during the long holiday, since it falls during the school winter vacation. The island's main international air hub -- Taoyuan International Airport -- expects passenger numbers to rise to a daily average of 128,000 from Feb. 7-15.
The estimated daily average is roughly 90 percent of the figure recorded during the Lunar New Year holidays in 2019 before global travel was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020, the airport operator said Thursday.
Another popular Lunar New Year activity in Taiwan is visiting temples to pray for good fortune in the new year.
Four of the five terrestrial TV stations will put on four/five-hour pre-recorded variety shows packed with singing, dancing, and special guest performances.
One of the stations, the Chinese Television System will broadcast the General Association of Chinese Culture's "We Are" program, which seeks to review 2023 through performances and appearances of professional baseball players and cheerleaders, as well as Asian Games athletes, the association said in recent press statements.
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