China and Taiwan celebrated the end of Lunar New Year on Monday night with a spectacular Lantern Festival.
Hundreds gathered to release paper lanterns. Many wrote names and wishes on them in hope that they will bring good luck in the coming year. Historically lanterns were used in military communications, along with beacon towers, to pass information among troops over large distances.
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