Lunar New Year Celebration Begins with Prayer for Peace and Prosperity

Chinese and Taiwanese celebrated the start of the Lunar New Year.

Many people celebrate this Year Dog at the Old Temple, praying for good luck in the coming year.

Meanwhile in Taipei, residents pray for health, peace and luck at the beginning of this Lunar New Year at the Longshan Temple.

The first day of the year is seen as the most important and praying to the gods today is a tradition not forgotten by most Chinese citizens. [lt]

Chinese New Year Lunar New Year, 4 Killed, 5 Injured

An explosion at a kiosk of fireworks fireworks in southwest China killed four people and five others wounded on the eve of Chinese New Year celebrations, authorities said Friday.

Tonghai county news agency in Yunnan province said The explosion occurred Thursday around 11:00 pm. The cause of the explosion is under investigation.

 An enchanted giant dog marks the coming of the Dog Year shown as part of the Lunar New Year celebration at Chenghuang Temple in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

An enchanted giant dog marks the coming The Year of Dogs is featured as part of Chinese New Year celebrations at Chenghuang Temple in Shanghai, China, Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Friday marks the start of China's most important traditional holiday, where tens of millions of people travel in the vast country to gather with the family.

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Fireworks generally form a major part of a number celebrations, although some authorities took action against the action for safety reasons and reduced air pollution.

A number of towns ti Beijing and Shanghai are typically hustle and bustle with fireworks, this year has calmed down.

Fireworks play an important role for most rural economies and some accidents are common due to unsafe storage and transport systems. [mg/lt]

US Post Office Publish Lunar New Year Stamps

The US Post Office publishes a special stamp to celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 16, launched in January in Hawaii. Stamps with Dog images in the Chinese year, designed by Chinese American artist Kam Mak and highlighting Lunar New Year cultural traditions.

While lion dancers entertained many people, the US Post Office Bureau launched a dog year stamp in Honolulu. Designed by a Chinese painter, Kam Mak who lives in New York, the stamp depicts three bamboo stalks that symbolize luck.

"In the Chinese tradition, the first three lucky bamboo symbolizes blessings and fortune, second, long life, and third is wealth, I also inserted the character of Fu and that means blessing and luck, "Kam Mak said.

Hawaiian artist, the late Clarence Lee designed the first series of Chinese Lunar New Year stamps, featuring animals in the Chinese zodiac. In 2008, Kam Mak began designing the second series, which highlighted some of the Lunar customs and traditions of all time. The dog year stamp also includes a sketch of the original dog Lee in the upper left corner.

The post office published the first stamp of the Chinese New Year in 1992. Among the stamps designed by Mak, his favorite is from 2010, the year of the Tiger. The stamps feature lilies.

The Mak family immigrated from Hong Kong to America in 1971, when he was 10 years old. His parents worked hard with low salaries as a dishwasher at a Chinese restaurant to support his family, and his mother worked at a convenience store in Pechinan.

Mak struggling to learn English, he grew up as Chinese alleys rampant in the PeChinan area of ​​New city York. Fortunately, Mak can join a City Art Workshop or Art Workshop in the city, which encourages teenagers in the city to explore the arts. It was then that he found his interest.

Now in his 50s, Mak lives in Brooklyn, and teaches painting at Fashion Institute of Technology New York. He has also made illustrations for many books and composed a picture book entitled "My Chinatown: One Year In Poems".

Through an organization called Behind the Book, Mak guides the youth and sharing experiences of his time growing up in Pechinan or Chinatown.

"And many of these children are mostly Hispanic and African descendants of New York City, I lecture in Brooklyn and in Harlem, so in addition to reading they are books, I take them to PeChinan so they feel all the things I experience when I grew up.This is very interesting for these kids, because everything they see is new to them I just want to arouse their imagination and want them to learn about other cultures, in addition to what they know from their own environment, "Mak continued.

Every time he speaks at community events, Kam Mak men say he hopes to inspire people, to be proud of who they are, and not to feel ashamed of themselves differently. [ps/jm]

The Indian economy will rise this year

India has projected its economy to rise 7 to 7.5 percent this year and reclaim its position as the world's fastest-growing major economy and underestimate the impact of currency bans and tax reforms.

However, the government has warned that rising international oil prices had a negative impact on a country that relied heavily on energy imports.

"The economy is growing quite rapidly," said the country's chief economic adviser, Arvind Subramanian while delivering the country's annual economic survey.

Activity indicators show growth in manufacturing, investment, export and credit, all starting to rise. The direction is very good. "

Projections for Asia's third largest economy are in line with recent estimates by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. The rise of growth is good news for India.

Last year its growth slowed to a low level for three years in a row. Whereas India once boasted to defeat China as the fastest growing economy in the world by 2015.

The slowing of the Indian economy is different from many countries where growth is increasing. Suspected cause is two major policy reforms that appear only six months later

Businesses were disrupted for several months last year while the government attempted to replace cash following a currency ban that sucked 86 percent of cash. Long-delayed tax reforms, Goods and Services Tax (GST) runs in July, but its application is poorly maturing, causing chaos for the business sector

"The temporary impact of demonization and GST has gone. Improvement measures have been taken, "Subramanian said of his optimism about the new growth projections.

The government says both efforts have helped boost the number of people paying taxes. Restoring important growth momentum for India that calls the country an attractive destination for international investors.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week seduced investors at the World Economic Forum in Davos. He says that protectionism is getting stronger and globalization is losing its appeal, but India is open to business.

The rise of the economy is also good news for the modi-led Hindu nationalist government preparing for next year's elections.

economists say the government is expected to focus on rural development programs and SMEs in future budgets that will be described on Thursday as the government looks for ways to create jobs for a large young population.

"The world is very optimistic about India. The 2018 budget will add freshness to India's development and fulfill people's aspirations, "Prime Minister said via Twitter when the parliament opened on Tuesday.

The survey also confirms the challenges facing the large Indian villagers. The survey said unlicensed farms were badly affected by climate change, extreme temperatures and less rain. Alleviating the suffering of farmers is a big challenge for the government. [vm/ii]

US Industrial Result Last Year Nominated the Biggest Increase since 2010

The US industry recovered in 2017, posting its biggest gain in seven years, with the biggest gain in the mining sector, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday (17/1).

Industrial results rose 3.6 percent last year, with a jump of 11.5 percent in mining activity, the biggest increase for the sector since 2014.

The most important manufacturing sector posted its biggest rise in six years, up 2.4 percent, the Federal Reserve said in its monthly report.

For the last month of this year, total production rose 0.9 percent compared to November, thanks to a massive surge in public services for water, electricity, natural gas, telephones and other needs, far larger than analysts' most optimistic estimates. 19659002] The monthly rise included a 1.6 rise in the mining sector, primarily due to oil and gas mining, and a 0.1 percent increase in production, the fourth consecutive increase. [19659002] The fourth quarter was particularly strong, jumping 8.2 percent, given Hurricane Harvey and Irma had disrupted industrial activity in the previous quarter. [as]