原文标题：Chinese give Year of the Snake a raucous, colourful welcome
BEIJING: Chinese welcomed the arrival of the Year of the Snake with raucous celebrations on Saturday, setting off a cacophony of firecrackers in the streets and sending fireworks blazing into the sky to bring good fortune.
Celebrations will carry on into the early hours of Sunday, officially the first day of the Lunar New Year.
Residents of Beijing braved freezing temperatures to let off brightly coloured fireworks, with clouds of smoke in the air, red wrappings from firecrackers covering streets and explosions rattling windows.
A plea by the government to set off fewer fireworks to help deal with Beijing's notorious air pollution seemed to fall on deaf ears.
"Every year we set off fireworks and this year will be no different," said Lao Guo, 45, a convenience store worker.
"People won't not set them off because of pollution. It's the custom."
Dear Chinese brothers & Sisters, Wish u and ur families a happy and prosperous new year. wish this new year brings india and china togeather.
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Happy new year to all Chinese brethren. Best wishes from India. Wishing all peace, prosperity & happiness.
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Dog,cat,bat,earthworm ,rat ( eaters)
Happy snake year ,hope this should be the end of most venomous nation china and all those s*it colored chow-mins who dont even know how to communicate with non-chinese .
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ILA VARMA (PATNA)
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL PEOPLE OF CHINA
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Ali (Libya) replies to ILA VARMA
Hope the new year can bring good luck to India people too, thanks
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ILA VARMA replies to Ali
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ajay.ranjan RANJAN (France)
Happy new year china
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A K Gupta (Bangalore)
======================================================= Wishing all Chinese people a very Happy and Prosperous Lunar New Year =======================================================
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d c (Goa)
Now beware of the Chinese snake !!
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Sanat Attavar (Chennai, INDIA)
GOD BLESS THE CHINESE with happiness, health, peace, prosperity, freedom of expression and hatered from aggression. Hope they will be able to talk / interact with their friends world over fearlessly and make new friends and enjoy the breath of fresh air they experience from opening up their minds. GOD shall give them what they sincerely yearn for.
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Maria Ozawa (Indonesia) replies to Sanat Attavar
Chinese yearn for their country to return to greatness and enjoy a quality of life. You indians should do the same.
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Sanat Attavar replies to Maria Ozawa
We are already great, by the grace of GOD.
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Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha (Clinton, USA)
The year of the snake is a dangerous year. Often referred to as the "black snake" these years in the past show a trend of disasters. Previous Snake years have been marked by the September 11, 2001 terror strikes that killed nearly 3,000 people, the crushing of the 1989 Tiananmen pro-democracy protests and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The 1929 stock market plunge that heralded the Great Depression also occurred in a snake year. There are many more such examples before the great depression of calamities occurring during the year of the snake.
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Jack (Bangalore) replies to Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha
Let us hope that such things dont happen for the world cannot afford the same as it is mired in severe troubles
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Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha replies to Jack
Jack, I got that infor from the DRUDGE Report and going by the way things are here in the US to the EU it is ripe for something bad to happen this year
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