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Spectacular lantern and firework display marks the end of Chinese New Year

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A blacksmith throws molten metal against a cold wall to create sparks, as he and others celebrate the Lantern Festival in Nuanquan, Hebei province on Monday, Feb. 6, 2012. For over 300 years, the village which is famous for its blacksmith skills, has maintained the tradition which they considered a cheaper alternative to buying fireworks during the Lantern Festival.

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Blacksmiths wait their turn to throw molten metal against a cold wall to create sparks, as they celebrate the Lantern Festival in Nuanquan, Hebei province on Monday night.

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A dragon dance is performed amid fireworks during a Lantern Festival celebration in Chongqing municipality on Monday night.

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Tourists visit Confucius Temple to celebrate the Lantern Festival in Nanjing, China.

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