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02/24/2013

PHOTO: Lantern Festival

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A Chinese 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 Images
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