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Chimney sweeping: 200-year-old New Year tradition

2009-12-23 09:59:13 GMT2009-12-23 17:59:13 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

A chimney sweeper prepares to clean the chimney at a roof of a house in Munich down town near Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), December 22, 2009. The ancient New Year's tradition says that it's bringing good luck to see a chimney sweep on your wedding day and most especially to shake his hand or be kissed by one. The tradition is over 200 years old. (Reuters Photo)

A chimney sweeper walks over the roof of a house in Munich down town, December 22, 2009. (Reuters Photo)

A chimney sweeper prepares to clean the chimney at a roof of a house in Munich down town near Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), December 22, 2009. (Reuters Photo)

A chimney sweeper prepared to clean the chimney at a roof of a house in Munich down town near Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Germany, December 22, 2009.

The ancient New Year's tradition says that it's bringing good luck to see a chimney sweep on your wedding day and most especially to shake his hand or be kissed by one.

The tradition is over 200 years old.

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