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Well February 3rd was Chinese Lunar New Year. This year is not 2011 as you thought according to the Chinese Calendar this is year 4708 and is called 兔年 which is pronounced like “tu nian” (sounds like two and knee-en). As you can see from the links the Chinese are somewhat superstitious about Chinese New Year. Which is why fireworks are set off in the first place. It started to ward off evil spirits but I think most people just do it for fun these days. Beijing becomes quite lit up with fireworks which killed at least two and injured about 220 people this year.

With that all being said here is a video we shot from a friends roof-top that shows just a little bit what it is like to live here during this time. (Warning: the video is loud because that is how it is here. You might want to turn down your sound.)

Chinese New Year 2011 from Samuel Laterza on Vimeo.

This is a small glimpse of Beijing during the Chinese New Year right at midnight, you can’t even imagine how loud and crazy it is. It is a lot of fun though. This was taken on the roof of a 29 story building in our neighborhood

This is really a great time of year for us to have opportunity to share. We can use the symbolism to help them understand what is truth as well. It is also great time fo rour friends to talk with their families. You could be thinking about that as you hear of the festivities here. One tradition I find most interesting is the tradition of putting a blessing around your door.

Remind you of anything? This is one tradition that has given me many opportunities over the years to talk with students or adults and ask them if they know of another story that talks about putting red on the door post. In one Chinese village in the south they actually use branches dipped in blood to put over the sides of the doors.

Please think about us that this New Year we will have an impact here in China.

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