Chinese New Year Calendar
February 3, 2011 by staff
Chinese New Year Calendar, (AFP) – President Barack Obama sent their best wishes for the Lunar New Year, which starts Thursday, while revelers across the United States and around the world prepares to usher in the Year of the Rabbit. ”
“As people of all cultures and religions are welcome in the new year we all celebrate our families and our ancestors, and enjoy the company of our loved ones,” Obama said in a statement, noting that many Americans celebrated the new Chinese calendar.
“Many Asian Americans focus on the rich traditions of their heritage, reminding us again that the strength of America comes from the richness of our cultures and diversity of our people.
“I wish all who celebrate the new year of peace, prosperity and good health,” he added.
In the Chinese zodiac, the rabbit is the fourth in a cycle of 12 animals that represent each Chinese New Year, with the year of the rabbit within 3 February 2011 to January 22, 2012.
America’s top diplomat Hillary Clinton urged revelers to “continue to work together in this New Year to deepen our friendships and make progress on the challenges we face.”
“President Obama and I are committed to the people of the Asia-Pacific – committed to strengthening our ties with traditional allies, to make new friends and working to establish constructive relations throughout the region,” she said, noting the important contribution of Asian Americans.
Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, welcomed the Lunar New Year as an opportunity to “celebrate a rich culture and heritage, a time to reflect on the past year, embrace the possibilities of the future, and j ‘I look forward to a year of hope and prosperity, optimism and opportunity. ”
Although most Chinese inaugurated on Thursday Lunar New Year with joy and festivities, people in the affected areas of China mourns victims of the most important day for family reunion, but they prayed for a better future.
The public was allowed to return to the earthquake-leveled Beichuan County to mourn their deceased relatives from Thursday, the first day of Chinese New Year according to the lunar calendar.
Beichuan, in Sichuan Province in southwest China, was abandoned after all the survivors of the earthquake that struck a rare May 12, 2008 have been resettled in areas adjacent to the end of the month.
A crowd of people started to enter the county seat Thursday morning after presenting proper identification.
They brought food and flowers, lighted candles, and whispered to their original sites ravaged, praying for peace for the dead and a better life for the living.
The county seat will be open for a week until the end of the leave of seven days the Spring Festival.
Thousands of people are expected to Beichuan, where 15,645 people lost their lives because of the earthquake measuring 8.0 that have about 80,000 dead or missing in Sichuan and adjacent areas.
Most survivors had already moved into new homes in Yongchang town, about 23 km, when the Chinese central government decided to relocate the entire population of Beichuan to a new location rather than reconstruction in the county.
North-western Qinghai province, many villagers in Yushu County, where a 7.1 magnitude earthquake killed about 2,200 people in April 2010, dropped all the holidays on Thursday.
Many woke up early so they can pay tribute, Scripture songs and burn incense to those killed in the earthquake, then return to normal life.
Nganggug Zhaxi, who has just moved into a new apartment at the end of last year, has prepared various foods and dishes.
Nganggug in his 40s said his family received any government so that their life is perfectly assured. He hoped his son would be enrolled in a university this year.
Zhouqu County in Gansu Province, where a massive landslide killed more than 1,700 dead or missing in August last year, many survivors gathered for dinner and watched TV shows after the mourning loved ones, killed in the disaster.
It Xinchang, a farmer from the village most affected Yueyuan, said his greatest hope is to move into a new house as soon as possible and begin a new life.
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