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The year of the ox

Xinhua photo, Jan 24, 2020

Happy lunar new year to all!

Ox is the second of 12 animals of the zodiac cycle. The first is rat, next is tiger. (Here are two posts in wikipedia on zodiac 生肖 and sexagenary cycle六十干支).

In light of, for more than two decades, the Empire State Building lighted up in red to celebrate the Chinese New Year, someone wrote the following

美国🇺🇸 纽约帝国大厦 连续21年点亮“中国红”, 祝贺中国春节!




Google translates:

The United States 🇺🇸 New York Empire State Building has lit the “China Red” for 21 consecutive years, congratulations on the Chinese New Year!

In the past, I thought that others respect me because I was excellent. Later I realized that others respect me because they are excellent…

Some people say that when the iconic buildings in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen can also congratulate important festivals in the United States, Europe and Japan, China may really start to become stronger…

For the past few years, there were of reportage on Christmas is being banned in China’s cities:

  • Chinese City Bans Christmas Displays Amid Religious Crackdown, nyt in 2019, 中文
  • China cancels Christmas: Decorations pulled down and events cut in at least four cities, Independent in 2018
  • Sorry, Santa: A Chinese City Has Just Banned All Things Christmas, npr wrote in 2018

Not sure it was state wide directive or some cities have just gone nuts. This year, the Xinhua reported that …

Multiple landmarks in New York City lit up to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year
(Xinhua) February 11, 2021

NEW YORK, Feb. 10 — A number of landmarks in New York City have been lit up in celebration of the upcoming Chinese Lunar New Year, the Year of the Ox.
The Empire State Building on Wednesday held a virtual lighting ceremony, which allowed viewers around the world to witness the “flip of the switch” that turned the building’s famous tower red.
The top of the iconic building is set to shine in red from sunset on Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday.
“We are proud that this lighting continues to celebrate not only the Lunar New Year, but also the ongoing partnership between the Empire State Building, the Chinese people, people with Chinese descent all around the world to celebrate this significant holiday,” Anthony Malkin, CEO of the Empire State Realty Trust, said at the ceremony.
“May the Year of the Ox bring us more opportunities to expand our partnership and cooperation,” Chinese Consul General in New York Huang Ping, said at the virtual event, adding he expects the Empire State Building, “a splendid must see in New York,” will draw lots of Chinese visitors after the pandemic.
Soaring 1,454 feet (443 meters) above Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building has maintained a tradition of changing color to recognize various occasions and organizations since 1976.
It marks the 21st year in a row for the icon of New York City to light up red for the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Meanwhile, a window display on the Chinese Zodiac has been installed in the building’s lobby windows on the Fifth Avenue.
Elsewhere, One World Trade Center’s spire is set to shine in red and gold on Feb. 10-12.
Other iconic facilities including John F. Kennedy International Airport, Goethals Bridge and Bayonne Bridge have also been lit up in honor of Lunar New Year.
The Chinese Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, is the most important holiday for Chinese around the world. This year’s Spring Festival falls on Friday.

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