(Image source: Xinhua)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

China ushered in the Year of the Snake Sunday — celebrating the Lunar New Year, otherwise known as the Chinese New Year.

 

Firework celebrations began at midnight, signaling a close to the Year of the Dragon. The BBC reports an estimated 200 million expatriates returned to China to be with their families in the “largest mass human migration on Earth.”

 

The Chinese government even drew a big-name Western star — broadcasting a performance from Celine Dion on state-run CCTV … in Mandarin.

 

But fireworks celebrations, always a point of pride on Chinese holidays, were hampered in Beijing. The South China Morning Post reports, due to heavy pollution, the city authorized fewer fireworks sales this year — resulting in a 37 percent drop in sales.

 

The new year marks a new era for China. Incoming President Xi Jinping and a new generation of leaders take power in March, marking the first leadership transition in 10 years. [Video: The Telegraph]

With Fewer Fireworks, China Celebrates New Year

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Feb 10, 2013

With Fewer Fireworks, China Celebrates New Year

(Image source: Xinhua)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

China ushered in the Year of the Snake Sunday — celebrating the Lunar New Year, otherwise known as the Chinese New Year.

 

Firework celebrations began at midnight, signaling a close to the Year of the Dragon. The BBC reports an estimated 200 million expatriates returned to China to be with their families in the “largest mass human migration on Earth.”

 

The Chinese government even drew a big-name Western star — broadcasting a performance from Celine Dion on state-run CCTV … in Mandarin.

 

But fireworks celebrations, always a point of pride on Chinese holidays, were hampered in Beijing. The South China Morning Post reports, due to heavy pollution, the city authorized fewer fireworks sales this year — resulting in a 37 percent drop in sales.

 

The new year marks a new era for China. Incoming President Xi Jinping and a new generation of leaders take power in March, marking the first leadership transition in 10 years. [Video: The Telegraph]

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