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Millions of Chinese participate in colourful, ancient lantern festival to end New Year's celebrations.
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2013 14:04


PICHI CHUANG/REUTERS
Sky lanterns soar upwards in Pingxi, Taiwan, as part of the Lantern Festival. Believers release sky lanterns as a form of prayer for good luck and blessings. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar.


MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese entertainers perform a traditional dance during the Lantern Festival parade in Yuxian. The festival, which dates back more than 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty, turns China's cities into seas of lanterns and fireworks.


Wally Santana/AP
Visitors view elaborate lanterns during the festival that marks the end to the Chinese lunar New Year celebrations, in Taipei, Taiwan.


Eugene Hoshiko/AP
People look at the lanterns at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China. It was estimated that more than 3.4 billion trips took place this year, most by bus, train or plane, so that people could be with their families.


MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images
Chinese blacksmiths throw molten metal against a cold stone wall to create sparks in Nuanquan, Hebei province. For more than 300 years, the village which is famous for its blacksmith skills, has maintained the tradition, which they considered a cheaper alternative than buying fireworks during the Lantern Festival.


PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images
A young girl looks at lanterns in Shanghai. Families walk the streets together admiring the lanterns and fireworks.


Feng Li/Getty Images
In Beijing, extensive use of fireworks during the festival caused the air quality in the notoriously polluted city to worsen as heavy smog blanketed the sky.


ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images
People light candles at Guangren Temple in Xi'an, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in China, and is celebrated in many countries with large Chinese populations.



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Sky lanterns soar upwards in Pingxi, Taiwan, as part of the Lantern Festival. Believers release sky lanterns as a form of prayer for good luck and blessings. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar. ;*;Chinese entertainers perform a traditional dance during the Lantern Festival parade in Yuxian. The festival, which dates back more than 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty, turns China\(***)s cities into seas of lanterns and fireworks.;*;Visitors view elaborate lanterns during the festival that marks the end to the Chinese lunar New Year celebrations, in Taipei, Taiwan.;*;People look at the lanterns at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China. It was estimated that more than 3.4 billion trips took place this year, most by bus, train or plane, so that people could be with their families.;*;Chinese blacksmiths throw molten metal against a cold stone wall to create sparks in Nuanquan, Hebei province. For more than 300 years, the village which is famous for its blacksmith skills, has maintained the tradition, which they considered a cheaper alternative than buying fireworks during the Lantern Festival.;*;A young girl looks at lanterns in Shanghai. Families walk the streets together admiring the lanterns and fireworks. ;*;In Beijing, extensive use of fireworks during the festival caused the air quality in the notoriously polluted city to worsen as heavy smog blanketed the sky. ;*;People light candles at Guangren Temple in Xi\(***)an, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in China, and is celebrated in many countries with large Chinese populations. Daylife ID:
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Lantern Festivalhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festivalen-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Mon, 25 Feb 2013 09:29:53 GMTMon, 25 Feb 2013 11:30:20 GMT http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=08TogGL1dg4PT

People release sky lanterns ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pingxi, Taiwan. Believers gathered to release sky lanterns as a form of prayer for good luck and blessings. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar.

Sun, 17 Feb 2013 13:19:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=08TogGL1dg4PTPICHI CHUANGREUTERSReuters Pictures

People release sky lanterns ahead of the traditional Chinese Lantern Festival in Pingxi, Taiwan. Believers gathered to release sky lanterns as a form of prayer for good luck and blessings. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar year in the Chinese calendar.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=03mIeiEbbI6e9

Chinese entertainers perform a traditional dance during the Lantern Festival parade, which officially ends the celebrations of the Lunar New Year, in Yuxian. The festival, which dates back more than 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty, turns China's cities into seas of lanterns and fireworks.

Mon, 25 Feb 2013 03:51:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=03mIeiEbbI6e9MARK RALSTONAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Chinese entertainers perform a traditional dance during the Lantern Festival parade, which officially ends the celebrations of the Lunar New Year, in Yuxian. The festival, which dates back more than 2,000 years to the Han Dynasty, turns China's cities into seas of lanterns and fireworks.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=0aGN1FQeHUcBI

Visitors view elaborate lanterns during the Lantern Festival that marks the end to the Chinese lunar New Year celebrations, in Taipei, Taiwan.

Sun, 24 Feb 2013 14:16:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=0aGN1FQeHUcBIWally SantanaAPAP Photo

Visitors view elaborate lanterns during the Lantern Festival that marks the end to the Chinese lunar New Year celebrations, in Taipei, Taiwan.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=03Iv3w16Mpesd

People look at the lanterns at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China. It was estimated that more than 3.4 billion trips took place this year, most by bus, train or plane, so that people could be with their families.

Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:37:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=03Iv3w16MpesdEugene HoshikoAPAP Photo

People look at the lanterns at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China. It was estimated that more than 3.4 billion trips took place this year, most by bus, train or plane, so that people could be with their families.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=0fVRg2g8ZW1QI

Chinese blacksmiths throw molten metal against a cold stone wall to create sparks in Nuanquan, Hebei province. For more than 300 years, the village which is famous for its blacksmith skills, has maintained the tradition, which they considered a cheaper alternative than buying fireworks during the Lantern Festival.

Sun, 24 Feb 2013 16:20:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=0fVRg2g8ZW1QIMARK RALSTONAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

Chinese blacksmiths throw molten metal against a cold stone wall to create sparks in Nuanquan, Hebei province. For more than 300 years, the village which is famous for its blacksmith skills, has maintained the tradition, which they considered a cheaper alternative than buying fireworks during the Lantern Festival.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=0cp44QA2VH6zd

A young girl looks at lanterns in Shanghai during the Lantern Festival. The day marked the end of celebrations that were inaugurating the Year of the Snake, during which families walk the streets together admiring the lanterns and fireworks.

Sun, 24 Feb 2013 13:19:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=0cp44QA2VH6zdPETER PARKSAFP/Getty ImagesGetty Images

A young girl looks at lanterns in Shanghai during the Lantern Festival. The day marked the end of celebrations that were inaugurating the Year of the Snake, during which families walk the streets together admiring the lanterns and fireworks.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=05sO0s1celboj

People visit a lantern show for the Chinese Lantern Festival in Beijing, China. Extensive use of fireworks throughout the city caused the air quality in the notoriously polluted city to worsen as heavy smog blanketed the sky.

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 18:42:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=05sO0s1celbojFeng LiGetty ImagesGetty Images

People visit a lantern show for the Chinese Lantern Festival in Beijing, China. Extensive use of fireworks throughout the city caused the air quality in the notoriously polluted city to worsen as heavy smog blanketed the sky.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=0gL7ci9gA7bgz

People light candles at Guangren Temple in Xi'an, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in China, and is celebrated in many countries with large Chinese populations.

Mon, 18 Feb 2013 05:49:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Lantern-Festival?image_id=0gL7ci9gA7bgzChinaFotoPressGetty ImagesGetty Images

People light candles at Guangren Temple in Xi'an, China. The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in China, and is celebrated in many countries with large Chinese populations.



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