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Lantern Festival celebrated with drums and dance in ITL Park

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Updated: 2018-03-07

Lantern Festival celebrated with drums and dance in ITL Park
The winners of the competition and its organizers [Photo/xiancity.cn]

The final competitions of gong and drum and square dances kicked off in the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park on March 2 in celebration of Lantern Festival.

Ten teams stood out from two rounds of preliminary sessions and were ready to duke it out for laurels. Perfect synchronization, roaring gongs and drums and sonorous rhythm pushed the competition to a climax.

Thousands of people in the audience were immersed in the passionate beating and exciting festive mood and resounded with deafening cheers.

After three hours of fierce competition, the team from Yangzhuang village topped the rest, while Luxi and Shuiliu village took second place.

Lantern Festival celebrated with drums and dance in ITL Park

Dancers showcase their cheery movements to a lively melody.[Photo/xiancity.cn]

The square dancing final, which was held in the afternoon, showcased the vigorous movements and gorgeous costumes of the members from 12 squads.

The competitions, part of the activities organized by the Xi'an ITL Park to embrace the Chinese New Year, are intended to call on public participation in sports and exercise to promote a scientific approach to staying in shape.

The cultural activities have created a positive, healthy and peaceful festive air and a spiritual outlook within an energetic city.

Lantern Festival celebrated with drums and dance in ITL Park

The audience is immersed in the passionate drum-beats and exciting festive mood. [Photo/xiancity.cn]

Lantern Festival celebrated with drums and dance in ITL Park

Competitors stage a qipao show at the square dance finals in the Xi'an International Trade and Logistics (ITL) Park on March 2. [Photo/xiancity.cn]

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