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Lion dances, firecrackers, and garlands of red lanterns Monday couldn't dispel the economic worries facing New York's Chinese community this Lunar New Year. The city's estimated 302,000-strong ethnic Chinese community ignored sub-freezing temperatures for a noisy and colorful display marking the start of the Year of the Ox. At the Sarah D. Roosevelt park in Manhattan's Chinatown children shrieked with delight -- and mothers rushed to cover infants' ears -- at the storm of firecrackers meant to drive off bad spirits. Immigrant Marian Cheng took her children Benjamin, 10, and Alysa, eight, out of school for the day to make sure they could enjoy their Chinese heritage.
"Red, that's the color of luck," she said, pointing to the lanterns, streams of bangers and the Chinese communist flag floating along the Stars and Stripes.
Cheng said there'd be nothing easy about this year, though.
"The ox is humble and strong and patient. But the ox is also about having to work very hard," she laughed. [AFP]