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Chinese New Year holidays draw to a close

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A girl holds stuffed toy animals, won as prizes from games, at the Longtan temple fair on the last day of the public holidays for Chinese New Year before people return to work in Beijing, China, Feb. 8.

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A folk artist pauses while waiting to perform at a temple fair celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year at Dongyue Temple in Beijing on Feb. 7.

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A folk artist on stilts falls while performing at a temple fair celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year at Dongyue Temple in Beijing on Feb. 7. The Lunar New Year began on February 3 and marks the start of the Year of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese zodiac.

Today is the last day of Chinese New Year public holidays. It's almost time for millions of Chinese people to return to work, and I think these three pictures sum up that end-of-the-holiday mood.

Also, an inconsequential thought floats through my head: I can't remember ever seeing somebody on stilts fall over before.