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Fireworks, Parades Begin Chinese Year of the Monkey

Celebrations are kicking off around the world to mark the new Chinese year - the Year of the Monkey. In Beijing, thousands of people flocked to Buddhist and Taoist temples to pray for good luck and fortune on the first day of Chinese New Year 4713, or visited open-air markets and festivals in neighborhood parks.  Unlike the Western holiday, which starts the night before and ends the next day, the traditional celebration of Chinese New Year goes for 15 days, ending with the annual...

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