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(From The Jakarta Post)
With Chinese New Year fast approaching, the city is gearing up for some lively festivities.
A lot of the malls and hotels have organized a string of events to celebrate the ancient holiday, or Imlek as it is better known here, which happens on Saturday. Among them is the magnificent barongsai (lion dance) and the liong (dragon dance).
This year's festivals are expected to be quite exuberant especially as it is the first time that the government has declared it a national holiday.
The decision was made after restrictions against Chinese arts and culture were lifted following the downfall of former president Soeharto, …