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Dalian, China, January 23, 2008More than a thousand lanterns are installed in a 24-foot (80-meter) corridor ahead of the Spring Festival, China's biggest traditional holiday.

The Year of the Pig will give way to the Year of the Rat during this year's festival on February 7. The holiday marks the new year, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

Considered a color of luck and happiness, red is used in many Spring Festival decorations, and "red envelopes" or "red packets" filled with cash or chocolate are given to children.

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