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Chinese Indonesians gear up for New Year

01-31-2011 08:24 BJT Special Report:2011 Spring Festival |

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As the Chinese community in Indonesia, prepares to welcome the Year of the Rabbit on February 3rd, temples, houses and shopping centers there, are decorated in Lunar New Year themes.

Lantern makers, are busy, working hard to meet the demands which comes from all over Indonesia... and neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore.

They say, lantern production has doubled. Indonesia's ethnic Chinese, began openly celebrating the lunar year, when President Ab-durrah-man Wahid repealed a decree in 2000, passed by former President Suharto in 1967. It basically banned ethnic Chinese, from celebrating the new year in public. Now, ethnic Chinese, account for, four percent of the country's population, are certainly making up for lost time, with their grand celebrations.

A Chinese said, "I wish next lunar new year will bring peace and prosperity, no more riots and fights, in this multi-ethnic community. I hope we can maintain religious harmony."

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CNTV.CN

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