PareByokeMarch 3, 201036min950


State leaders extend Spring Festival greetings to nation

Chinese celebrate lunar New Year in Myanmar – Yahoo! India News

President Hu Jintao sends best wishes to Chinese people everywhere CCTV-International

People around China celebrate Lunar New Year

People around China celebrate Lunar New Year CCTV-International

People across China enjoy new year CCTV-International

Premier Wen spends Lunar New Year with ethnic villagers

Premier Wen spends Lunar New Year with ethnic villagers

Empire State Builing lights on for Chinese New Year

Gala brings greetings from homeland CCTV-International

BBC News – Chinese New Year: Your photos of the celebrations

The Spring Festival, or China’s Lunar New Year which falls on Sunday this year, is China’s most important annual event for family reunions.

Berlin celebrates Chinese lunar New Year CCTV-International

Premier Wen Jiabao celebrates Lunar New Year with Guangxi villagers CCTV-International

Elysee holds first reception for Chinese New Year

Malaysia-Chinese celebrate Lunar New Year

Spring Festival celebrated in S China

Amis people of Taiwan present ritual dance to greet new year

Folk performance enlivens Chinese New Year festival

Tibetans go on pilgrimages to mark New Year’s Day

Tibetans go on pilgrimages to mark New Year’s Day

Tibetan students in Beijing celebrate “Year of the Iron Tiger”

“I talked with mom and dad over the phone this morning,” she said. “Every family in our village have telephones, TVs and washing machines.”

Students at Beijing Tibet Middle School have all stood out among their peers with outstanding academic performances.

As most of them are from remote rural areas with little access to public transport and even a one-way trip home can take two weeks, they all stay on campus during the winter holidays, attending classes and going on sightseeing tours organized by the school.

The students enjoy a longer summer vacation of up to eight weeks.

More than 4,100 students have graduated from Beijing Tibet Middle School since it was established in 1987 in the north of Beijing, near today’s Bird’s Nest, a centerpiece of Beijing’s Olympic venue.

At least 98 percent of the graduates have entered college and more than 2,000 of them have secured jobs back in Tibet.

The school is one of many Tibetan schools that have been established in 26 Chinese provinces and municipalities since 1984 with central government spending.

All Tibetan students are free to compete in annual recruitment tests of these schools after they finish primary school in their hometown. Their tuition, food, lodging, medical services and other daily expenses are all covered by the government.

Like people of other ethnic groups in China, the Tibetans also mark the holiday with fireworks, red couplets with rhymed phrases and feasts. As well, they patrol communities with torches to scare away devils and pray for good luck, while those in farming areas attend horse races and tug-of-wars.

The Tibetans enjoy a 10-day holiday for the new year, from Feb. 13 to 22.