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blacksmith throws molten metal against a cold stone wall to create sparks,
during the Lantern Festival which traditionally marks the end of the Lunar New
Year celebrations, in Nuanquan, Hebei province on Feb. 24. For over
300 years, the village which is famous for its blacksmith skills, has maintained
the tradition which they considered a cheaper alternative to buying fireworks
during the festival. (Mark RALSTON/AFP/Getty
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