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Year Of The Tiger

Tue., Jan. 27, 1998, midnight

For the Chinese, the Lunar New Year is like Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day rolled into one. The country began celebrating Monday, with a sacrifice ceremony at Beijing’s Temple of the Earth. Chinese soldiers dressed as imperial guards performed the ceremony, a recreation of a Qing Dynasty ceremony in which the emperor sacrifices animals to the gods of the earth to ensure a good harvest in the coming year. The Chinese New Year begins Wednesday.


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