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‘Celebrating’ village becomes butt of jokes

(TibetanReview.net, Feb 26, 2009) — The 150 households of Jinglong, perched on a hilltop high above the monastery town of Tongren (Tibetaa: Rebkong), are now the butts of local jokes, reported Washington Times Feb 25. After singing, dancing and drinking in front of state television cameras for a recorded performance that aired Feb 24, the eve of the Tibetan New Year, the villagers heard the news: Only one Tibetan village in Qinghai province is said to have celebrated Losar, the Tibetan new year, on schedule this week, the report added.

“What is there to celebrate?” it quoted a shopkeeper in Tongren as saying. “Too many of our people died in 2008.”

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