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PHOTOS: Welcoming the Year of the Rooster
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  • Colorful lanterns hang outdoors in Yan’an, Shaanxi, on January 19
  • Calligraphers write spring couplets in Fuzhou, Fujian, on January 18. The traditional couplets—pairs of phrases expressing happiness and hope for the New Year—are often affixed to the sides of doorways
  • A craftswoman produces New Year pictures, colored woodblock prints used as decorations for the Spring Festival, in a village in Shandong on January 10
  • A traditional puppet show in Nantou, Taiwan, on January 7
  • A senior citizen sticks a decorative paper cutting, which features images of the rooster, on a window of her home in Wenan, Hebei, on January 19
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All photos by Xinhua, edited by Li Nan. 

The Spring Festival, also known as the Lunar New Year, occurs on the first day of the first month according to the Chinese lunar calendar. As the most important celebration for Chinese people, it is a time when family members get together and various festive activities take place.

These pictures capture some such activities in the run-up to this year's Spring Festival, which fell on January 28 and marked the start of the Year of the Rooster in the traditional calendar.

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