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Tibetan New Year celebrated in Yushu

02-21-2012 14:23 BJT Special Report:Yushu Quake Special Program |
Special Report:This is Tibet |

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February 22 marks the Tibetan New Year. And in the Yushu prefecture of northwest China's Qinghai Province, 95 percent of the residents are Tibetans. Many of them lost their homes when an earthquake struck the area in April, 2010. But rebuilding work has been ongoing, and our reporter Li Nan visited a Tibetan family who is welcoming in the traditional Tibetan New Year in their new home.

Two days before the Tibetan New Year, which falls on February 22nd, Danzeng's new house is already bustling with guests.

A giant "Qiema", a box of traditional Tibetan food symbolizing auspiciousness, is seen
on the Potala Palace Square in Lhasa, southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region, Feb. 19, 2012. Festive decorations are put on around the Potala Palace as Losar, or the Tibetan
New Year, approaches. (Xinhua/Chogo)

Danzeng said:" Tibetan New Year is coming. We have prepared boiled mutton and beef, Tibetan cheese buns, drinks and fruits, according our tradition. In the next week, many relatives and friends will visit."

Danzeng's house was completely destroyed during the earthquake in April 2010. Thanks to the reconstruction project, he moved to his new home in September last year, just like many other neighbors.

Danzeng and his neighbors were relocated to a newly-constructed village close to the county center. It is the first New Year for the family in their new home.

Danzeng said: "We are now closer to the county center. Everything is quite convenient. My son is attending the fourth grade in the nearby primary school, and my daughter will start school this Autumn."

Kayang, the wife, has dressed the kids up in traditional costumes. The children can hardly contain their excitement.

The son of Danzeng, Pubu Duojie said: "I love the New Year, because there will be fireworks. And I can eat a lot of meat and fruits."

Danzeng's family and neighbors are the lucky ones. Many, who lost their homes in Yushu, are still living in make-shift tents and waiting to move.

Kayang, Danzeng’s wife, said: "I hope everyone in Yushu can enjoy the new year and be healthy. The days will get better."

Right before we left Danzeng's home, the kids also wrote down their blessings. Losajiaxi, or Happy new year!


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