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Welcome, Year Of The Rabbit

Fireworks explode in the air to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 3, 2011 in Beijing, China. Lintao Zhang/Getty Images hide caption

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Fireworks explode in the air to celebrate Chinese New Year on February 3, 2011 in Beijing, China.

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In China, it's already February 3, the first day of the new Chinese year. I, for one, am welcoming the Year of the Rabbit with arms wide open, and chucking a surreptitious rude gesture at the receding Tiger. He should be slinking away with his tail between his legs after all the damage he wrought. Ok, there were some high points to the Tiger, but what's not to love about what the Rabbit promises?

So here's to a peaceful year. Welcome, rabbit!