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Lantern festival celebrates the year of the dragon

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Tourists view lighting decorations featuring dragons at the City Wall New Year Lantern Festival on Jan. 16, 2012 in Xian of Shaanxi Province, China. The City Wall New Year Lantern Festival, running from January 16 to February 21, is one of the traditional events held to celebrate the lunar new year of Dragon.

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Lighting decorations at the City Wall New Year Lantern Festival on January 16.

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The City Wall New Year Lantern Festival, running from January 16 to February 21, is one of the traditional events held to celebrate the lunar new year of Dragon.