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February 6, 2012
Lantern festival 2012
The traditional Lantern Festival was celebrated Monday, Feb. 6. It marks the 15th and final day of the Spring Festival celebrations, the annual celebration of the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year.
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Under a shower of sparks from fireworks, people perform the dragon dance during a celebration of the Lantern Festival at a park in Chongqing, China in southwest China, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. ZUMA24.com Chen Cheng


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Wearing protective helmets and hoping to be hit, thousands of devotees stand in the Yanshui Beehive Fireworks Festival in Yanshui, southern Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. Marking the end of the Chinese Lantern Festival, the Yenshui Beehive Fireworks Festival originates from the late 19th century when villagers suffering from serious cholera epidemics used fireworks to ward off evil spirits they believed brought on the sickness. (AP Photo / Wally Santana) AP / Wally Santana



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People gather at Yuyuan Garden to celebrate the Lantern Festival at the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations Monday Feb. 6, 2012. Traditional lanterns are displayed on the 15th day of the new year, which is called the Lantern Festival. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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Dragon shape lantern is displayed at Yuyuan Garden to celebrate the Lantern Festival at the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations Monday Feb. 6, 2012. Traditional lanterns are displayed on the 15th day of the new year, which is called the Lantern Festival. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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People gather at Yuyuan Garden to celebrate the Lantern Festival as the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations Monday Feb. 6, 2012. Traditional lanterns are displayed on the 15th day of the new year, which is called the Lantern Festival. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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People gather at Yuyuan Garden to celebrate the Lantern Festival as the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations Monday Feb. 6, 2012. Traditional lanterns are displayed on the 15th day of the new year, which is called the Lantern Festival. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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A masked woman walks past lanterns in the shape of terracota warriors set up for Lantern Festival in Beijing, China, Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. The Lantern Festival marks the final day of the Spring Festival celebrations, the annual celebration of the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year. AP / Alexander F. Yuan



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A couple look at the lanterns at Yuyuan Garden to celebrate the Lantern Festival as the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations Monday Feb. 6, 2012. Traditional lanterns are displayed on the 15th day of the new year, which is called the Lantern Festival. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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Performers dance in celebration of the upcoming Lantern Festival outside a shopping mall in Beijing, China, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. The Lantern Festival, which falls on Feb. 6, 2012, marks the 15th and final day of the Spring Festival, the annual celebration of the beginning of the Lunar New Year. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan) AP / Alexander F. Yuan



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A worker dressed as a fortune god strolls as the visitors touch the ancient money like fortune ornament at Yuyuan Garden to celebrate the Lantern Festival as the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations Monday Feb. 6, 2012. Traditional lanterns are displayed on the 15th day of the new year, which is called the Lantern Festival. AP / Eugene Hoshiko



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Workers carry lanterns, blown away and partially broken by strong winds on a shopping street decorated with the lanterns for Lantern Festival in Beijing Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. The festival marks the final day of the Spring Festival, the annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. AP / Alexander F. Yuan



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A man walks across an empty square decorated with red lanterns for the Lantern Festival in Beijing Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. The festival marks the final day of the Spring Festival, the annual celebration of Chinese Lunar New Year. AP / Alexander F. Yuan



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People play waist drums in Yanan in northwest China's Shaanxi Province to celebrate the Lantern Festival on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. ZUMA24.com Qi Xiaojun



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Visitors look at red lanterns in Jinan, China on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, ahead of the upcoming Lantern Festival which falls on Feb. 6. ZUMA24.com Zhu Zheng



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Boys and girls set off the Kong Ming lantern, a kind of handmade paper hot-air balloon, on the eve of the Lantern Festival in Wenzhou, China on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012. People believe that setting off the Kong Ming lanterns may help their dreams come true. ZUMA24.com Chen Xiang



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People visit Lantern Festival to mark the end of Chinese Lunar New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. AP / Chiang Ying-ying



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People watch Lanterns during Lantern Festival to mark the end of Chinese Lunar New Year in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. AP / Chiang Ying-ying



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A dragon-shaped lantern is seen at a park in Baise, China on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. A lantern carnival started here on Thursday to greet the upcoming Lantern Festival which falls on Feb. 6. ZUMA24.com Luo Zhiken



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In this Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 photo, people watch dragon dance in celebration of the upcoming Lantern Festival in Zhaiying town of Songtao county, in southwestern China's Guizhou province. The Lantern Festival, which falls on Feb. 6, 2012, marks the 15th and final day of the Spring Festival celebrations, the annual celebration of the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year. AP /



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People take photos of two entertainers during their performance for the upcoming Lantern Festival inside a shopping mall in Beijing, China, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. AP / Alexander F. Yuan



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Drum dancers pose for photos under lanterns after performing in celebration of the Lantern Festival inside a shopping mall in Beijing, China, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. AP / Alexander F. Yuan



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Women dressed in Qing Dynasty royal costumes perform in celebration of the upcoming Lantern Festival inside a shopping mall in Beijing, China, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. AP / Alexander F. Yuan



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People watch a donkey dance inside a shopping mall during a performance in celebration of the upcoming Lantern Festival in Beijing, China, Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. AP / Alexander F. Yuan



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A Chinese girl wearing a mask holds a lotus lantern as she stands near a store selling lanterns, ahead of the Lantern Festival in Nanjing in east China's Jiangsu province Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. AP /



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People look at lanterns created by middle school students during 2012 Taipei Lantern Festival Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in Taipei, China. The festival will last for 11 days. ZUMA24.com Jin Liangkuai



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People participate in a dragon dance as part of a tradition in Xianju county that sees people make giant dragons of bamboo for Spring Festival and Lantern Festival festivities in Xiage, China on Wednesday, Feb. 1. The dragon is made from bamboo and is decorated with colorful paper and lit by candle. Locals believe that the dragon dance can bring them good fortune and peace. ZUMA24.com Xu Yu



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Hundreds of Taiwanese release "sky lanterns" in hopes of good fortune and prosperity in the new year and to celebrate the upcoming traditional Chinese Lantern Festival on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in the Pingxi district of New Taipei City, Taiwan. AP / Wally Santana



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Hundreds of Taiwanese prepare to release "sky lanterns" in hopes of good fortune and prosperity in the new year and to celebrate the upcoming traditional Chinese Lantern Festival on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in the Pingxi district of New Taipei City, Taiwan. AP / Wally Santana



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