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China tries to shrug off cold and celebrate Year of the Rat

February 7, 2008
by Karl Malakunas

BEIJING (AFP) – China welcomed in the Year of the Rat Thursday with a bonanza of fireworks and festivals, but the celebrations for many were subdued due to ferocious cold weather that kept them from their families.

A family walk on steps printed with a portrait of a rat during ... 
A family walk on steps printed with a portrait of a rat during the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in Beijing. China has welcomed in the Year of the Rat with a bonanza of fireworks and festivals, but the celebrations for many were subdued due to ferocious cold weather that kept them from their families.
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Explosions of colour could be seen in the skies of Beijing and across China in a centuries-old fireworks tradition that is meant to scare off evil spirits but this year also sought to raise national morale after the horror cold snap.While the fireworks brought much delight, they also led to at least one fatality, dozens of injuries and a spate of fires in Beijing alone, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

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“Year of The Rat” Means Good Eating!

February 6, 2008

SUPHANBURI, THAILAND (AP) — As Chinese prepare for Year of the Rat celebrations, roadside entrepreneurs in Thailand are serving rodent meat, uncooked or ready to eat, and customers are snapping it up for 150 baht (US$4.82) a kilogram.
Nguyen Kim Hung cooks a rat at his home in Dinh Bang Village, ... 

These rats are the kind found in rice fields, not the filthy garbage-can-marauders familiar to city-dwellers.

“It’s tastier than other meats — nothing can compete with rat meat,” said Sala Prompim, a roadside seller of the delicacy who says the hip and liver are the best cuts.

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The Tet New Year, Cuisine, China and Vietnam

How about a nice hot bowl of horse meat and noodle during the Super Bowl?