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A week to go to Spring Festival

2009-01-19 03:41:53 GMT2009-01-19 11:41:53 (Beijing Time)  China Daily

Women make steamed bread at a center for the elderly in Rizhao, east China's Shandong Province January17, 2009. Local residents make stemed bread with flower decorations on top of them as gifts for relatives or offering to gods during family rituals during the Spring Festival. [Xinhua]

Swarms of shoppers crowd a snack street with New Year decorations hung up in Wangfujing, downtown Beijing January 18, 2009, a week ahead of the traditional Spring Festival. Xiaonian, or Minor New Year, is the twenty-third day of the last month on the Chinese lunar calendar. On this day, Chinese worship the Kitchen God, who looks after a family's fortunes, for blessings in the next year. [Xinhua]

Two girls play in a street decorated with lanterns in Pingyao, north China's Shanxi Province, January 17, 2009. [Xinhua]

Kids walk in a street during a rehearsal of Shehuo, a traditional outdoor variety show, in Pingyao, north China's Shanxi Province, January 17, 2009. [Agencies]

A boy waits before going onstage to perform Shehuo, a traditional ourdoor variety show in Pingyao, north China's Shanxi Province, January 17, 2009. [Xinhua]

Women make steamed bread at a center for the elderly in Rizhao, east China's Shandong Province January17, 2009. Local residents make stemed bread with flower decorations on top of them as gifts for relatives or offering to gods during family rituals during the Spring Festival.

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