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Lantern Festival at Segerstrom Center celebrates Chinese culture

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Girls perform a Mongolian folk dance during the Lantern Festival on Sunday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Lantern Festival decorations fill the atrium of the Segerstrom Concert Hall as Frank Lai greets arrivals Sunday. In the background is a figure representing the lunar Year of the Dog. 

 (Photo by Spencer Grant )
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Figures of Chinese warrior princes decorate the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza for Sunday’s Lantern Festival.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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A ceremonial dragon heads for the stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza during Sunday’s Lantern Festival. 

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The Lantern Festival dragon twists through the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza on Sunday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. 

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The ceremonial dragon in Sunday’s Lantern Festival at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza is given gifts to calm its nasty temper. 

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Performers present the Chinese folk dance “Dream of Pipa” on Sunday during the Lantern Festival at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Performers do the “Little Ducklings” Chinese folk dance at Sunday’s Lantern Festival at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The Ao Dai fashion show highlights traditional Vietnamese women’s clothes during Sunday’s Lantern Festival at the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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The cast of the Taiwan Puppet Troupe’s production of “Grand Aunt Tiger” takes a bow at the Lantern Festival on Sunday. 

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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Hoisting a bamboo steamer of red tortoise cakes, Kimberly Wu demonstrates Chinese holiday dessert making during the Lantern Festival on Sunday at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ Julianne and George Argyros Plaza in Costa Mesa.

 (Photo by Spencer Grant)
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