Dio Suhenda and Suherdjoko (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta/Semarang, Central Java ●
Mon, January 23, 2023
Indonesians celebrating Chinese New Year have welcomed the return of festivities this year along with many of its traditional hallmarks, such as family gatherings and lion dances, as businesses reliant on the holiday have also begun to show signs of bouncing back from the pandemic.
For many Chinese-Indonesians, celebrations of the Lunar New Year center on gathering and giving back to family members. To this end, 79-year-old Max Sutrisman from Tangerang in Banten said on Sunday that he was glad to be able to celebrate the holiday with his family in his hometown of Sukabumi, West Java.
“After the government lifted pandemic curbs [late last year], I felt more confident to travel, since it means that COVID-19 is getting less prevalent. While it was a difficult three years, I was glad to finally meet [my relatives] and share with them some happiness through [giving] hong bao,” he said.
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