CHINA: Happy New Year

Under China's ancient lunar calendar, the Year of the Rooster came to a close, the Year of the Dog began. Everywhere the people celebrated their highest, gayest holiday.

The New Year was greeted according to immemorial custom. Honanese hoisted red lanterns on 50-foot poles to scare away a ten-headed bird of evil. Kweiyang folk indulged in a kind of three-day gambling festival. In Yunnan no one would think of gambling (because if you gamble on New Year's you will gamble all year long); children gathered odd-shaped stones to represent bad luck, cast them...

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