Brazil marks Chinese Lunar New Year amid fears of coronavirus epidemic

Sao Paulo celebrated Chinese New Year on Feb. 1 with dancing performances, gastronomy and music on show to mark the Year of the Rat.

The famous dragon dance was performed by a group of dancers who held the red beast’s body on long sticks, manipulating it into smooth undulations while chasing after a metallic ball.

Some attendees said they were not concerned by the news from the coronavirus epidemic affecting some Asian and European countries.

The Lunar New Year is considered a major holiday for Chinese around the world and is a traditional celebration which includes praying to ancestors, cleaning houses, lighting firecrackers and giving money in red envelopes.

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