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Traditional Chinese New Year lantern with greeting girl, top lantern with The Jade Emperor holding a golden yuanbao/ ingots. Chinese people will greet each other with pleasant words like 'Happy New Year', 'Good Fortune', etc during Chinese New Year. The phrase ‘GongXi’ (or ‘Gong Hei’ in Cantonese) means 'Congratulations', derived from the legend of ‘Nian’, congratulating each other to have escaped the harm of the beast; street scene, China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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