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  • An actor in makeup and traditional costume prepares to play a female role during the Yangsong Town Fair in Beijing’s suburban Huairou district on Monday. Photo: IC_Gallery: Lunar New Year Gets a Small Early Welcome Across China
     
     
    An actor in makeup and traditional costume prepares to play a female role during the Yangsong Town Fair in Beijing’s suburban Huairou district on Monday. Photo: IC
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Gallery: Lunar New Year Gets a Small Early Welcome Across China

Xiao Nian, which means ‘Minor New Year’ in Chinese, fell on Monday this year. Celebrants usually worship the Kitchen God, clean house, and have haircuts in preparation for the Spring Festival

01.29.2019
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An actor in makeup and traditional costume prepares to play a female role during the Yangsong Town Fair in Beijing’s suburban Huairou district on Monday. Photo: IC
Children hold candy and lanterns to worship the Kitchen God in Xi’an, the capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, on Monday. Photo: VCG
Residents of Beijing’s suburban Mentougou district dress up and dance to celebrate Xiao Nian on Monday. Photo: VCG
Local performers perform a dragon dance in Heqiao, Jiangsu province, on Monday. Photo: VCG
A woman places a couplet on the top of a door to decorate her house and celebrate the Spring Festival in Beijing on Monday. Photo: VCG
A child looks at an exhibit in the Manchu Museum of Jilin City, in northeast China’s Jilin province, on Monday. Photo: VCG

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