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Monday, 11 February, 2002, 14:27 GMT
China celebrates Spring Festival
China celebrates the lunar New Year which starts on Tuesday, bringing in the Year of the Horse.

Girls perform at the opening ceremony of the annual Longtan Lake fair Monday, 11 February 2002.
Fairs have been opening at temples across Beijing to celebrate Spring Festival, China's most important annual holiday.

A performer feeds a live snake through her nose and out her mouth during a performance at a temple fair
It marks the official beginning of the lunar New Year on 12 February - out goes the Year of the Snake, in comes the Horse.

Performers dressed as imperial guards take part in a Qing Dynasty sacrifice ceremony at Beijing's Temple of the Earth, 11 February
Performers dressed as imperial guards act out a traditional sacrifice ceremony to ensure good harvests.

A Shanghai boy holds an electric lantern depicting a horse; a traditional house with a big Chinese character letter of horse at Yu Garden
People born during the Year of the Horse are said to be good with money and make good scientists.

A Chinese military police officer keeps watch over a crowd as lion dancers perform behind him at the opening ceremony of the annual Temple of the  Earth fair
China - now in the World Trade Organisation - is hoping the year will bring good luck and high achievements.

A group of musicians perform at the opening ceremony of the Longtan Lake annual fair on the eve of the Chinese Lunar New Year
Vast numbers of people in China will watch hours of celebrations on television.

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