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Traditional Chinese "Little New Year" festival celebrated

2009-01-18 14:56:43 GMT2009-01-18 22:56:43 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

People guess lantern-riddles at the Qingshui community in Wuhu, east China's Anhui Province, Jan. 18, 2009, the traditional Chinese "Little New Year" festival, a week before "New Year," or Spring Festival. The 23rd day of the 12th lunar month is called "xiao nian" in Chinese, which literally means "Little New Year." Traditionally it is an important occasion when people offer sacrifices to the "Kitchen God" who looks after the family's fortunes. (Xinhua/Chen Lixi)

People select Spring Festival lanterns on a business street in Mengcheng County, east China's Anhui Province, Jan. 18, 2009, the traditional Chinese "Little New Year" festival, a week before "New Year," or Spring Festival. The 23rd day of the 12th lunar month is called "xiao nian" in Chinese, which literally means "Little New Year." Traditionally it is an important occasion when people offer sacrifices to the "Kitchen God" who looks after the family's fortunes. (Xinhua/Hu Weiguo)

Tourists visit the bustling snack street of Wangfujing Street in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 18, 2009, the traditional Chinese "Little New Year" festival, a week before "New Year," or Spring Festival. The 23rd day of the 12th lunar month is called "xiao nian" in Chinese, which literally means "Little New Year." Traditionally it is an important occasion when people offer sacrifices to the "Kitchen God" who looks after the family's fortunes.(Xinhua/Fan Jiashan)

Little players rehearse Shehuo, a kind of traditional variety show performed outdoors, in Pingyao, north China's Shanxi Province, Jan. 17, 2009. The time-honoured Pingyao city listed among the UNESCO World Cultural Heritages prepares for the approaching Spring Festival with traditional celebrations. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

A folk artist performs paper-cutting in Pingyao, north China's Shanxi Province, Jan. 17, 2009. The time-honoured Pingyao city listed among the UNESCO World Cultural Heritages prepares for the approaching Spring Festival with traditional celebrations. (Xinhua/Yan Yan)

The traditional Chinese "Little New Year" festival falls on Jan. 18, 2009, a week before "New Year," or Spring Festival. The 23rd day of the 12th lunar month is called "xiao nian" in Chinese, which literally means "Little New Year." Traditionally it is an important occasion when people offer sacrifices to the "Kitchen God" who looks after the family's fortunes.

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