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Lantern Festival

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Two villages Qianjun Tai and Shuanghu have been practicing a ceremony called
Gu Fan Hui for 500 years. The mountain villages about an hour from Beijing have a ritual where the people from the lower village march to the upper village carrying banners and wearing costumes. They gather at the top and say prayers sing and light incense and they proceed to go through the narrow streets dancing and celebrating. The next day the upper village returns the act by marching to the lower village. Photos by Michael Paul Franklin
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Two villages Qianjun Tai and Shuanghu have been practicing a ceremony called <br />
Gu Fan Hui for 500 years. The mountain villages about an hour from Beijing have a ritual where the people from the lower village march to the upper village carrying banners and wearing costumes. They gather at the top and say prayers sing and light incense and they proceed to go through the narrow streets dancing and celebrating. The next day the upper village returns the act by marching to the lower village. Photos by Michael Paul Franklin