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Tibetans celebrate Water Dragon Year

02-22-2012 08:14 BJT Special Report:This is Tibet |

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In Tibet, people are busy preparing for the traditional Tibetan New Year, where 2012 is the Year of the Water Dragon. The 15-day holiday will start on Wednesday.

In Lhasa, The Tibet Autonomous Region’s capital, Potala palace square has been adorned with festival decorations. Major commercial streets have been swarmed with last-minute shoppers since Monday. Beef, fresh yak butter, and tea bricks are all essentials.

Many Tibetans also are buying fresh flowers to bring some color into their homes. And azaleas, revered for their especially bright colors, are favorites. In addition, 5 thousand locals will put on group dance performances at Potala Palace Square on Friday.

"Lucky Eight Treasures", eight religion-related Tibetan pictures for luck, decorate the
Potala Place in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo/China
Tibet Online]

Silk flowers add the festive atmosphere at the square of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa,
capital of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region. [Photo/China Tibet Online]

A customer selects a traditional container symbolizing a good
harvest at a store in Lhasa, capital of southwest China's Tibet
Autonomous Region, Feb. 6, 2012. Local residents of Lhasa
started preparing food and home decorations to greet the coming
Tibetan New Year, which falls on Feb. 22 this year. People of
Tibetan ethnic group are able to enjoy two long holidays in 2012
to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year and Tibetan New Year
respectively. [Photo by Chogo/Xinhua]


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