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Lantern Festival celebrated around China

2009-02-09 03:12:23 GMT2009-02-09 11:12:23 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Swimmers perform dragon dance in water of Liujiang River to celebrate the traditional Chinese lunar Lantern Festival, in Liuzhou, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2009. (Xinhua/Li Bin)

Folk artists perform "Boat Dance" on a large-scale Yangge performance held in Wendeng City of east China's Shandong Province, Feb. 8, 2009. The Yangge performance, a rural folk dance popular in north China, was held in Wendeng on Sunday to celebrate the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year. (Xinhua/Yu Qibo)

People pose for photos in front of an illuminated ox-shaped lamp during the lantern fair in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Feb. 8, 2009. The Chinese traditional Lantern Festival falls on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year. (Xinhua/Tan Jin)

A U.S. citizen (L) learns the brush calligraphy of Chinese characters, literally, "Happy Lantern Festival", during a get-together party of local residents and foreigners living on Dongsisitiao Hutong (Alley), inside a quadrangle courtyard, the typical residential rectangular compound, to live a jovial Chinese lunar Lantern Festival, in Beijing, Feb. 8, 2009. (Xinhua/Hao Fei)

Two kids enjoy rice balls in a Lantern Festival catering activity held in Dalian, a coastal city of northeast China's Liaoning Province, Feb. 7, 2009. Over 1,000 visitors ate rice balls together at the Laodong Park in Dalian on Saturday. It is a tradition for the Chinese to eat rice balls in celebrating the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar calendar, Feb. 9 this year. (Xinhua/Liu Debin)

Swimmers perform dragon dance in water of Liujiang River to celebrate the traditional Chinese lunar Lantern Festival, in Liuzhou, southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Feb. 7, 2009.

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