Spring Festival celebrations: China rings in its New Year

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A child wears a carnival mask during a visit to a Spring Festival carnival in Beijing, China, on January 31, 2017. Residents are enjoying a week long holiday for the Chinese New Year and visiting various temple fairs and carnivals around the Chinese capital. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

A child wears a carnival mask during a visit to a Spring Festival carnival in Beijing, China, on January 31, 2017. Residents are enjoying a week long holiday for the Chinese New Year and visiting various temple fairs and carnivals around the Chinese capital. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

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Millions of Chinese are celebrating Spring Festival, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar, which this year marks the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. Girls play inside an inflated device at an amusement fair in a park during the Spring Festival holiday. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

Millions of Chinese are celebrating Spring Festival, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar, which this year marks the beginning of the Year of the Rooster. Girls play inside an inflated device at an amusement fair in a park during the Spring Festival holiday. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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People pose for a photo in a park next to a real tree decorated with fake plastic flowers at a Spring Festival fair in Beijing. The festival usually falls on the first day of the lunar month, one month after the Gregorian calendar. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

People pose for a photo in a park next to a real tree decorated with fake plastic flowers at a Spring Festival fair in Beijing. The festival usually falls on the first day of the lunar month, one month after the Gregorian calendar. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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A boy sits on a sculpture of a polar bear at an amusement fair during the Spring Festival holidays in Beijing. The Chinese government gives seven days of holidays for the Spring Festival. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

A boy sits on a sculpture of a polar bear at an amusement fair during the Spring Festival holidays in Beijing. The Chinese government gives seven days of holidays for the Spring Festival. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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People enjoy playing with snow at a Spring Festival fair in Beijing. The origins of the festival are traced back to the Shang Dynasty when people offered sacrifices to gods and ancestors to ring in the new year. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

People enjoy playing with snow at a Spring Festival fair in Beijing. The origins of the festival are traced back to the Shang Dynasty when people offered sacrifices to gods and ancestors to ring in the new year. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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A little girl holds colourful pinwheels at a Spring Festival fair. The holidays are a time for families to get together and go out to fairs and restaurants. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

A little girl holds colourful pinwheels at a Spring Festival fair. The holidays are a time for families to get together and go out to fairs and restaurants. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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A boy constructs an igloo with snow at an amusement park during the Spring Festival holidays in Beijing. For the Chinese, the Spring Festival is like Christmas in the West, with a spirit of festivity pervading the air. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

A boy constructs an igloo with snow at an amusement park during the Spring Festival holidays in Beijing. For the Chinese, the Spring Festival is like Christmas in the West, with a spirit of festivity pervading the air. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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People glide on a frozen lake in a park during the Spring Festival holidays in Beijing. During the week-long holiday, people visit various temple fairs and carnivals around the Chinese capital. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

People glide on a frozen lake in a park during the Spring Festival holidays in Beijing. During the week-long holiday, people visit various temple fairs and carnivals around the Chinese capital. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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A child swings a toy weapon at a woman during a Spring Festival carnival in Beijing. A series of activities such as lion dancing, dragon lantern dancing, lantern festivals and temple fairs are held for the week. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

A child swings a toy weapon at a woman during a Spring Festival carnival in Beijing. A series of activities such as lion dancing, dragon lantern dancing, lantern festivals and temple fairs are held for the week. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

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A boy eats corn in a park during the Spring Festival holidays in Beijing. During the holidays, families make it a point to eat together and lavish meals are cooked. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

A boy eats corn in a park during the Spring Festival holidays in Beijing. During the holidays, families make it a point to eat together and lavish meals are cooked. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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A vendor waits for customers to buy toy weapons at a Spring Festival carnival in Beijing. Shops and kiosks at the fairs do brisk business as people buy new clothes and gifts. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

A vendor waits for customers to buy toy weapons at a Spring Festival carnival in Beijing. Shops and kiosks at the fairs do brisk business as people buy new clothes and gifts. (Ng Han Guan / AP)

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A boy plays in a tank at a Spring Festival fair. The festival is celebrated across China. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

A boy plays in a tank at a Spring Festival fair. The festival is celebrated across China. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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A man holds a rooster decoration at a Spring Festival fair in Beijing. This is the Year of the Rooster, the tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac, which is characterised by intelligence and punctuality. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

A man holds a rooster decoration at a Spring Festival fair in Beijing. This is the Year of the Rooster, the tenth animal in the Chinese zodiac, which is characterised by intelligence and punctuality. (Nicolas ASFOURI / AFP)

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