The one-month long New Year Lantern Festival began in Datong City, North China’s Shanxi Province, the day of “Small Year,” a festival on the 23rd or 24th of the 12th month of a lunar year, when sacrifices are made to the kitchen god. Organizers have decorated the city with about 160 sets of various sorts of lanterns to welcome the upcoming spring festival.

According to the organizer, Datong City has held the lantern festival each year since 2013, which has improved the cultural tastes and reputation for the city. A 200-meter-long lantern called flourishing age of Pingchen has been installed to show the prosperity of the city 1,600 years ago.

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