26 February 2013 14:45 | By Ian Jones
Chinese Lantern Festival: in pictures

Dazzling celebrations mark end of Chinese New Year



Visitors view elaborate lanterns during the Lantern Festival that marks the end to the Chinese lunar New Year celebrations, in Taipei, Taiwan (© AP Photo/Wally Santana)
Next
Previous
Previous
  • Visitors view elaborate lanterns during the Lantern Festival that marks the end to the Chinese lunar New Year celebrations, in Taipei, Taiwan (© AP Photo/Wally Santana)
  • Two people pass through a decorated tree Taipei, Taiwan (© AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
  • Crowds pass through a tree of lanterns in Taipei, Taiwan (© AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
  • Lanterns on display at Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai, China
  • Dancers performing a light show in Taipei, Taiwan (© AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
  • A folk artist holds a piece of ice during a performance in Yongji, China (© REUTERS/China Daily)
  • A lantern show at Fo Kwang Mountain in Kaohsiung, Taiwan (© ZUMA/Rex Features)
  • People launch illuminated sky lanterns in Fuyang, China (© REUTERS/China Daily)
Next
AP Photo/Wally SantanaShow Thumbnails
Previous1 of 12Next
Share this Gallery

Chinese people have been celebrating the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of the Lunar New Year period. Dating back to the Han Dynasty, the 2,000-year old festival sees towns and cities transformed by lanterns and fireworks. For millions of people, the celebrations mark the end of a holiday period. In this picture, revellers watch a display of elaborate lanterns in Taipei, Taiwan.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn