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©ROMAN PILIPEY/EPA/MAXPPP - epa07416574 (17/33) Tibetan Buddhist monks attend a prayer during the Monlam Great Prayer Festival, at Labrang Monastery, in Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China, 19 February 2019. Considered the most important event for Tibetan Buddhists, the Monlam Great Prayer Festival starts three days after Lunar New Year in western China's ethnic Tibetan region and is held for almost two weeks. During that time, millions of pilgrims head to monasteries to pray for good fortune in the new year and make offerings to their late relatives. Labrang Monastery, in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, which was founded in 1709, is one of the six largest monasteries of the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism and home to the thousands of monks outside of the Tibet Autonomous Region.