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Life around the World Contest

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Welcome to the first post in the Life around the World Contest!

Each month, we will release a photo from a cover of Life Second Edition on the In Focus Blog.

We want you to submit your best guess of where in the world this photo was taken. Try to tell us as much as you can about the photo!

Please submit your best guess in the comments section below.

The first person who guesses correctly will win a National Geographic prize and a student book from Life, Second Edition! Each month we will reveal the previous month’s photo location on the In Focus blog.

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Here is this month’s photo from the beginner level of Life Second Edition (British English). Let us know your best guess below! 




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  1. The dragon dance is performed during Chinese New Year. Chinese dragons are a symbol of China, and they are believed to bring good luck to people, therefore the longer the dragon in the dance, the more luck it will bring to the community.

  2. I think this picture was taken in China and it shows a dragon dance performed during the Chinese New Year. The fireworks are actually molten iron fireworks which are thrown into the air by 20 artists. The people performing the dance are only protected by their shorts and cloth hats.
    This dance is traditionally performed for a good harvest in the new year.

  3. The dragon dance at the Chinese New Year ( could be the Fire Dragon played at night) seen at the Spring Festival in China, probably in Hong Kong (known as the dragon dance capital), judging by the abundance of fireworks in the background of the picture. The dragon symbolizes wisdom, wealth and power and it is believed to bring good luck to people. The body of the dragon can have different colours: green, for a great harvest, or yellow, to represent the empire; golden and silver colours are for prosperity and red is for good fortune.

  4. The Dragon Festival is a Spanish free festival which ran from 1997 to 2009, held at Los Cigarrones on the riverbed of the Rio Guadalfeo, 2 km to the south of Órgiva, and from 2010 at Santa Fé, Granada, Spain, during the month of March, and culminating on the weekend nearest the March equinox. The festival is a celebration of various alternative cultures and includes live music and theater.

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