- Title: CHINA: Fireworks mark second day of Year of the Rabbit
- Date: 4th February 2011
- Summary: VARIOUS OF FIREWORKS PEOPLE WATCHING (SOUNDBITE) (Cantonese) WOMAN IN THE STREET GLORIA LEE, SAYING: "Healthy, lucky and prosperous." END OF FIREWORKS
- Embargoed: 18th February 2011 20:37
- Location: China, Hong Kong
- Country: Hong Kong China
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
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- Story Text: Hundreds of thousands lined Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong on Friday (February 4) to see in the Year of the Rabbit on the second day of celebrations honoured with the traditional and flamboyant Chinese fireworks display.
Fireworks chase away evil spirits and are at the heart of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations.
The Year of the Rabbit - which opens at the end of a year of tremendous economic growth in China whilst the rest of the world is still reeling from the financial crisis - is traditionally believed to bring prosperity and success. It is also predicted to be less violent than the recently concluded Year of the Tiger.
"OK, I want peace around the world and everyone healthy. And a lot of happiness, OK," said Ricky Tsang who watched with his wife and young child.
"I wish all people will have healthy and more, more money," said Pink Chan.
"I want the, the money!" added her eight-year-old son.
According to Hong Kong astrologers it is also a good year to get married, have children and start new relationships.
"Healthy, lucky and prosperous," said Gloria Lee who watched with her boyfriend.
The 20-minute fireworks display included several symbols, such as the number eight for prosperity and smiling faces - the universal sign of happiness.
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