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Upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival celebrated worldwide




A resident walks past a huge lantern in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, Feb. 6, 2009. A local consortium of Chinese overseas built up the ship-shaped and dragon-head lantern to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival. The Chinese traditional Lantern Festival will fall on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




Actors in traditional Chinese clothes dance during a performance in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, Feb. 6, 2009. Chinese overseas in Indonesia held the performance on Friday night to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Lantern Festival. The Chinese traditional Lantern Festival will fall on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




Actresses play the local music instruments while they sing a song during a performance in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, Feb. 6, 2009.




People tour the Confucius Temple in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Feb. 6, 2009, ahead of the Chinese traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month of a year of the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




People walk under the red lanterns as they visit the Confucius Temple in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Feb. 6, 2009, ahead of the Chinese traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month of a year of the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




People buy colorful lanterns at a market in Shanghai, east China, Feb. 6, 2009. Colorful lanterns are popular decorations during the Chinese traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




Residents buy traditional Chinese craftworks as a celebration for the Chinese Lantern Festival opened in Auckland, New Zealand, Feb. 5, 2009. Auckland held the celebration during the Chinese Lantern Festival for 10 consecutive years. The Chinese traditional Lantern Festival will fall on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




Residents visit a lantern show as a celebration for the Chinese Lantern Festival opened in Auckland, New Zealand, Feb. 6, 2009. Auckland held the celebration during the Chinese Lantern Festival for 10 consecutive years. The Chinese traditional Lantern Festival will fall on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




Performers of the Wu Opera Troupe from China's Zhejiang Province presents a craftwork with a logo of ox to New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key (3rd,R), who was born in the Year of the Ox, as a celebration for the Chinese Lantern Festival opened in Auckland, New Zealand, Feb. 5, 2009.





Farmers perform Banqiao dragon lantern dance at Zhangjiadun Village of Leping City, east China's Jiangxi Province, Feb. 6, 2009. The Banqiao dragon lantern, with a length of 400 meters, has a history of hundreds of years at the village. The villagers performed Banqiao dragon lantern dance on Friday to pray for harvest and peace, ahead of the Chinese traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




Farmers perform Banqiao dragon lantern dance at Zhangjiadun Village of Leping City, east China's Jiangxi Province, Feb. 6, 2009. The Banqiao dragon lantern, with a length of 400 meters, has a history of hundreds of years at the village. The villagers performed Banqiao dragon lantern dance on Friday to pray for harvest and peace, ahead of the Chinese traditional Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.





People choose lanterns at a market in Nanjin, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, Feb. 6, 2009. The Chinese traditional Lantern Festival will fall on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.




Tourists enjoy the sightseeing lanterns at the Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, east China, Feb. 7, 2009. The 3-day lantern show celebrating the Chinese Lantern Festival openend on Saturday. The Chinese traditional Lantern Festival will fall on the 15th day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar, or Feb. 9 this year.














From: Xinhua News 2009-2-7

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