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A quiet moment amongst the revelry, Sze Yup Temple, Glebe, New South Wales 24 January 2020

By Joy Lai

‘I’ve been to this temple a few times for Chinese New Year — it’s always fun to kick off the year with a celebratory vibe,’ writes photographer Joy Lai. ‘I took this shot one evening at the start of 2020, Year of the Rat, just as we were hearing murmurings about Wuhan and the bat incident at the wet markets that would change our world. On this day, the temple was packed. When I went back a year later it was much quieter, with signs about social distancing everywhere. I don’t know who the man in the shot is, but he knew I was there. He directed prayers to the north, south and to the centre of the altar. Health, happiness, and prosperity for the coming year.’

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24 January 2020
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© Joy Lai 2020