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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.
(AFP/Teh Eng Koon )
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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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