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Chinese New Year festivities conclude with Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival was celebrated across the world on February 22 by the Chinese and it brought the curtains down on the festivities to welcome the Year of the Monkey-2016. The Main festivities were held in Mainland China and Taiwan.

The Lantern Festival is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in their lunisolar calendar. It marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations. Lighting paper lanterns, letting off fire crackers and eating the rice balls known as Tangyuans were the main events to end the celebrations of the much awaited spring festival. Tangyuans are often filled with sweet red bean paste, sesame paste and peanut butter.

Chinese President Xi in a short audio message and greeting on social media wished citizens 'happy healthy and successful New Year'.

Another tradition associated with the festival is that children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns; however, the tradition is dying down in urban regions.

In China, in the city of Chengdu in southwest China's Sichuan Province, the most spectacular lantern fair is held each year in Culture Park which becomes a virtual ocean of lanterns. Many new designs attract large numbers of visitors.

In Chengdu, the most eye-catching lantern is the golden Dragon-shaped spiraling up a 38-meter-high pole that spews fireworks from its mouth.

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