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And the Rat Walked In...

By Tim State in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 10, 2008 10:21PM


A Chinese dragon ushers in the Wu Zi, the Year of the Rat, in Chinatown earlier today. Photos by Timothy State.

While Thursday was the Chinese New Year, today was the annual Chinese New Year parade. With the temperature near zero and wind chill making it feel like 20-below, the crowd was very light. Nevertheless, the Year of the Rat, known by its formal name Wu Zi, year 4705, has begun. In ancient times, the rat was welcomed as a protector and bringer of material prosperity. According to Wikipedia, the rat is “associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, yet also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities.”

Hmm. When thinking about what the rat stands for, why is it that we keep thinking of George Bush?

More photos after the jump.



The dragon blesses businesses in the heart of Chinatown. Photos by Timothy State.