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Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival

Chinese all over the world observe the Lantern Festival, or 'Yuanxiao Festival', which takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month

Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Chinese people gather at a lantern fair to mark the 15th day of the Lunar Festival celebrations in Beijing on February 15, 2011 (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
A Chinese girl poses amid lanterns being readied for the 15th day of the Lunar Festival celebrations in Beijing (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Chinese workers install lanterns for the 15th day of the Lunar Festival celebrations in Beijing (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Chinese people visit a lantern fair to mark the 15th day of the Lunar Festival celebrations in Beijing (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Chinese people select lanterns at a market to mark the 15th day of the Lunar Festival celebrations in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu province (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Chinese all over the world observe the Lantern Festival, or 'Yuanxiao Festival' (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Lunar Festival celebrations called the 'Yuanxiao Festival' takes place on the 15th day of the first lunar month(Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
A child poses with lanterns at the Qianmen street in Beijing (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Chinese folk artists perform stilt walking in Pingyin County in Jinan, Shandong Province of China(Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Actors dressed-in Chinese ancient garments perform at the Qianmen street on February 15, 2011 in Beijing, China (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Members of the public watch lanterns show at the Qianmen street (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Fishermen who come from neighboring villages, celebrate their traditonal Fish Lantern Festival (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Fishermen who come from neighboring villages, celebrate their traditonal Fish Lantern Festival (Getty Images)
Mass celebrations greet China's Lantern Festival
Red lanterns are decorated at the Lantern Festival at Qianmen Street in Beijing (Getty Images)

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