Residents in central China’s Henan Province braved the cold on the New Year’s Eve to listen to the first gong of a giant bell at the Confucius Temple.
As a tradition, the temple bell tolled 108 times to dispel the evils of the past year and usher in good luck for the New Year.
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): LI JIANSHU, Henan Opera performer
“I am the first one to toll the bell and this is also my first time to be in the ceremony. I am thrilled and flattered. ”
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): College student
“It’s nice to feel the atmosphere here. And I am hoping for a better year. We will past the exams. Our society is in peace and harmony and our parents are healthy and happy.”