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China celebrates Minor New Year's Day

A local resident receives a free "Fu" Character from a calligrapher on the square in front of Dongyue Temple in Beijing on Jan. 26, the Minor New Year's Day. (Photo by Zhang Yu, Xinhua)

The Minor New Year's Day, also called "Spring Cleaning Day," falls on the 23rd day of the twelfth lunar month of each year. It is a day for offering sacrifices to the kitchen god and doing a thorough cleaning in China. In Beijing, the locals have a custom to hang Spring Festival couplets.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online
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