NEW YORK : People shop in Chinatown on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday on February 11, 2021 in New York City. Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, begins on Friday and will conclude the Year of the Rat and begin the Year of the Ox.

While the annual Chinese celebration is usually a time for gatherings with family and friends, this year’s events will be limited due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP