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Praying to the sun at the Temple of the Sun

2011-03-21 03:08:13 GMT2011-03-21 11:08:13(Beijing Time)  China Daily

Actors in traditional costumes perform with axes and shields during a ceremony adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty tradition where emperors offered prayers to the sun, at the Temple of the Sun in Ritan Park, central Beijing March 20, 2011. According to organisers, the ceremony is held on Chunfen, also known as the vernal equinox, which falls on March 21 this year according to the Chinese lunar calendar.[Photo/Agencies]

Actors in traditional costumes perform during a ceremony adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty tradition where emperors offered prayers to the sun, at the Temple of the Sun in Ritan Park, central Beijing March 20, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Actors in traditional costumes perform during a ceremony adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty tradition where emperors offered prayers to the sun, at the Temple of the Sun in Ritan Park, central Beijing March 20, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Actors in traditional costumes perform during a ceremony adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty tradition where emperors offered prayers to the sun, at the Temple of the Sun in Ritan Park, central Beijing March 20, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

An actor in traditional costume performs during a ceremony adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty tradition where emperors offered prayers to the sun, at the Temple of the Sun in Ritan Park, central Beijing March 20, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

Actors in traditional costumes perform with axes and shields during a ceremony adapted from an ancient Qing Dynasty tradition where emperors offered prayers to the sun, at the Temple of the Sun in Ritan Park, central Beijing March 20, 2011. According to organisers, the ceremony is held on Chunfen, also known as the vernal equinox, which falls on March 21 this year according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

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