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The spring festival rush
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  • A Spring Festival lantern show in Rudong, Jiangsu Province, on January 27
  • Dong people sing traditional songs in Xuan'en County, Hubei Province, on January 24. The Dong, with a population of 3.49 million, celebrate the Spring
  • Decorated mantou for the Spring Festival in Qingdao, Shandong Province, on January 23. Mantou is one of the most commonly consumed foods in China
  • Primary school students in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, write Spring Festival couplets, poetry or wishes to be hung on doorways, on January 25
  • Villagers in Qinyang, Henan Province, perform yangge, a time-honored folk dance popular in north China during festivals, on January 23
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The festive atmosphere is building across China as communities turn their attention to preparing for the Spring Festival, which this year falls on February 10. While the essence of the festival as a celebration of spring and the new lunisolar year is common to all, many regions and groups have their own distinctive traditions, foods and ways of celebrating. While the Chinese calendar calculates months according to the movement of the moon, it measures years according to the sun, making Chinese New Year a lunisolar New Year.

(Photos by Xinhua News Agency)

Copyedited by G.P. Wilson

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