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Celebrations ahead of Lantern Festival in China

2011-02-16 15:17:12 GMT2011-02-16 23:17:12(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

A boy views flower lanterns at Baibuting Community in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province, Feb. 16, 2011, one day prior to the Chinese Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month of Chinese lunar calendar. [Photo/Xinhua]

A child views rabbit-shaped lanterns at Baibuting Community in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province, Feb. 16, 2011, one day prior to the Chinese Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month of Chinese lunar calendar. [Photo/Xinhua]

Old houses are decorated with lanterns in Shaoxiang, East China's Zhejiang province, Feb 16, 2011. This year's Lantern Festival falls on Feb 17. A traditional lantern show has been going on in the busy commercial street here, featuring some 1,400 lanterns, artistic performances as well as folk operas and dramas. [Photo/Xinhua]

Folk artists pose for a photo on a square in Jinan, capital of East China's Shandong province, Feb 16, 2011, one day ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival which falls on the 15th day of the first month of Chinese lunar calendar. [Photo/Xinhua]

A pair of couple feed each other with rice glue balls during a celebration of traditional Chinese Lantern Festival for lovers in Hong Kong, Feb 16, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

An actress dressed as a mussel elf performs during a Lantern Festival parade in Wuhan, capital of Central China's Hubei province, Feb 16, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

People stroll a street, along which are old houses decorated with lanterns in Shaoxiang's Yuecheng district, East China's Zhejiang province, Feb 16, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

People view lanterns in China, Feb. 16, 2011, one day prior to the Chinese Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month of Chinese lunar calendar.

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