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Cuba Commemorate the ''Year of the Rat'' this February 7.
Festivities for the Chinese Lunar New Year include art and traditional clothing exhibitions at the House of Arts and Traditions in Havanas Chinatown, reports Granma newspaper.

The gala "From Havana to Beijing" will close the cultural activities at 6:00 p.m on Saturday. The event features a martial arts exhibition at the Sports City Coliseum.

Under the artistic direction of Hugo Osle and the general direction of Roberto Vargas Lee, head of the Wushu school, the closing also includes a sports and cultural extravaganza, with the presence of many of the Cuban athletes to take part in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in August.

More than 800 people of all ages who practice martial arts will participate in the gala along with outstanding personalities of Cuban culture. The Okantomi Folklore Ensemble will revive the legend of Kuang Kung, relating it to Afro-Cuban culture.


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