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A wide range of traditional folk-art pieces that have the theme of the Chinese Lunar Near Year and represent good health and prosperity are now on display at the Beijing's Yanhuang (Yellow Emperor) Art Museum.The collection of folk-art pieces used to create festivity for the celebration spans from embroideries and paper-cuts made by local craftsmen to new year paintings printed by renowned studios across the country."This Spring Festival exhibition is quite timely for its purpose of good fortune, praying for good fortune, and expectation of a good life," said Li Peng, the exhibition curator.Highlights include paper-cutting, a folk craft especially prominent during the Spring Festival, in which people paste intricately cut works on windows or hang them on doors using sticky rice glue.Although each part of China has different styles of paper cuts, these festival decorations typically contain auspicious symbols and words cut out from red paper.As ancient Chinese believed that pictures have a lot of power to change events, images of gods and spirits along with heaven and earth, are constant features of Chinese folk art and home decoration for the Lunar New Year, which will help ward off evil spirits and bring in health and wealth in the coming twelve months.The museum has a variety of "nian hua", or New Year paintings, which are believed to bring peace and fortune to households. While door gods are pasted on the main door of a home to fend off bad luck, pictures of chubby babies with lotuses and gold fish are also popular, as they symbolize fertility and many children.Another highlight of the exhibition is its vast collection of hand-made toys such as frogs, roosters and horses. However, tigers are paramount in Chinese folk beliefs, in which the patterns are commonly found in lots headbands, mittens, toys, and pillows."At the very beginning, some animals in the wild that pose threat to human beings in the primitive state have turned into guardians over time, in which tiger is the most typical example," said Li.Li said that people believe that the pattern of tiger sewn onto clothing for newborns or young children may scare off evil forces and protect the wearer from being harmed and children may grow up strong and healthy.The exhibition runs through March 1.