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    The guide was updated: 2016-02-17

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Michael Gwyther-Jones
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Dragon Lantern Festival

In Tongliang County, there is a custom of doing dragon lantern dances during the Lantern Festival. The celebration starts with coulourful lights and dances accompanied by Chinese wind and percussion musical instruments and a display of fireworks. In Chinese mythology, dragons could summon clouds and rain, so in times of arid weather, dancing the dragon dance is a way to seek help. At the peak of the festival, the dragon lanterns are burned with firecrackers and fireworks to make them go to heaven.
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