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- 17 bln text messages predicted during Spring Festival
Chinese mobile phone operators will benefit from the country's tradition of exchanging greetings during the Lunar New Year with more than 17 billion text messages expected to be sent during the holiday season. This is a possible new record, according to the Ministry of Information Industry (MII).
- China marks changing Spring Festival
At the mention of Spring Festival, older Chinese may think of red lanterns, long clusters of firecrackers, freshly steamed dumplings and long-anticipated new clothes. But the younger generation feels differently; for them televised evenings at home are a drag.
- Tibetans celebrate Tibetan New Year
More than five million Tibetans across the country celebrated the Tibetan New Year and the Spring Festival on Thursday. This year the New Year under the Tibetan calendar coincides with the Spring Festival. According to the Tibetan calendar, the year 2008 is the year of "Tushu" or "earth rat".
- China to seek cultural heritage status for Spring Festival
The scenes of millions of Chinese stranded by the heavy snow but eager to return home could actually be material for the Spring Festival to apply for "Intangible Cultural Heritage" (ICH) status for the event, a folk customs expert said.
- Languages other than English on the rise
The number of people who speak a language other than English at home has increased by 10 percent during a five-year period, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2008 Year Book available on Thursday
- Feng Shui: Most prosperous year is 2009
The Year of the Mouse threatens to see a build-up of international tensions, natural and air disasters, and a more turbulent stock market, soothsayers and analysts say.
- Olympic medalists launch 'China in London'
British and Chinese Olympic athletes launched the 2008 'China in London'season on Wednesday here in central London when they switched on the Chinese lanterns above Oxford Circus while a stunt rider took to a 14-foot ramp and performed extreme bicycle and motorcross (BMX) stunts.
- New Zealand Post issues stamps to celebrate Chinese Year of Rat
Rat will feature on the latest range of New Zealand stamps as the New Zealand Post celebrates the "Year of the Rat" for the Chinese New Year, which falls on Thursday.
- Britain celebrates Chinese New Year with CHINA NOW launch
Kicking off with spectacular firework displays, colorful street parades, Shaolin martial arts performances and 175 feet long Dragon dances, CHINA NOW's nationwide Chinese New Year celebrations witnesses the UK entering into a Chinese culture craze.
- Picasso exhibitions at Madrid's Reina Sofia museum
Two women look at a painting by Picasso at Madrid's Reina Sofia museum February 4, 2008. Madrid's Reina Sofia museum is about to open one of the most extensive Picasso exhibitions ever as it hosts works on loan from the National Picasso Museum in Paris to add to those already on view in the Spanish capital.
- Burman Chinatown to hold lion dance competitions
Myanmar-Chinese residing in the Chinatown area in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon will hold the third traditional lion dance competitions during the forthcoming lunar new year, an event organizer told Xinhua Tuesday, two days ahead of the fall of Chinese Spring Festival.
- Woodblock prints exhibition opens in Poland
An exhibition of Chinese New Year woodblock prints opened in Warsaw Monday to showcase this traditional Chinese art on the eve of China's Spring Festival.
- Senior Chinese leader visits noted cultural figures
Senior Chinese leader Li Changchun has visited several famous figures in the culture circle and extended festive greetings to them as the traditional Spring Festival is approaching.
- Olympic welcoming tour waving baton in Europe
Guangdong Chinese Traditional Orchestra will give a concert at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne for the International Olympic Committee tomorrow to celebrate the Spring Festival as well as to welcome the Beijing Olympic Games in August.
- Diplomats take the time off to know China better
Spring Festival sees students and working professionals that form a large part of Beijing's residents emptying out of the capital to spend time with their families in hometowns, but a certain group also takes the opportunity to discover the country.
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