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China's most important holiday, the Spring Festival, begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac.
Chinese attend the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair celebrating China's lunar new year at an ancient park in Beijing on February 9, 2013. China's most important holiday, the Spring Festival begins on February 10 and marks the start of the Year of the Snake, according to the Chinese zodiac. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Chinese girl enjoys a muffin at a temple fair during the Spring Festival holiday in Beijing on February 12, 2013. Although Chinese traditionally celebrate the start of a new lunar year during the annual Spring Festival, the holiday serves more of an occasion to refresh family bonds. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese food vendors sell lamb kebabs at a temple fair during the Spring Festival holiday in Beijing on February 12, 2013. Although Chinese traditionally celebrate the start of a new lunar year during the annual Spring Festival, the holiday serves more of an occasion to refresh family bonds. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Chinese man sells artificial flowers at a temple fair during the Spring Festival holiday in Beijing on February 12, 2013. Although Chinese traditionally celebrate the start of a new lunar year during the annual Spring Festival, the holiday serves more of an occasion to refresh family bonds. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Chinese girl enjoys her presents at a temple fair during the Spring Festival holiday in Beijing on February 12, 2013. Although Chinese traditionally celebrate the start of a new lunar year during the annual Spring Festival, the holiday serves more of an occasion to refresh family bonds. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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A Chinese girl enjoys a bowl of hot soup at a temple fair during the Spring Festival holiday in Beijing on February 12, 2013. Although Chinese traditionally celebrate the start of a new lunar year during the annual Spring Festival, the holiday serves more of an occasion to refresh family bonds. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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Chinese actors perform traditional dances on stilts at a temple fair during the Spring Festival holiday in Beijing on February 12, 2013. Although Chinese traditionally celebrate the start of a new lunar year during the annual Spring Festival, the holiday serves more of an occasion to refresh family bonds. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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