People perform in Fengyang, east China's Anhui Province, Feb. 16, 2018. People held different activities to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year all over China. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoquan)
BEIJING, Feb. 16 (Xinhua) -- People across China Friday celebrated the Spring Festival, the country's most important occasion for family gatherings, with fireworks, greetings, delicious food and performances.
It's a tradition for Beijingers to visit temple fairs during the Lunar New Year holiday.
On Friday, the first day of the Year of the Dog in the 12-animal Chinese zodiac, many visited the bustling, crowded fairs in the Chinese capital, enjoying delicacies and handicraft works and watching traditional performances.
"The traditional culture represents ancient people's aspiration for a good life," said Peng Lei, 33, who visited the Ditan Park temple fair with his little daughter.
"I want my daughter to see with her own eyes and get to know the root of our culture," said Peng, who has lived in Beijing for 18 years.
Some, however, spent the holiday visiting tourist destinations.
On Friday morning, Kong Mingquan and his parents attended the flag-raising ceremony at the Tian'anmen Square in the heart of Beijing.
"I bring my parents to the flag-raising ceremony and pay respect to late Chairman Mao Zedong," said Kong, a native of northeast China's Jilin Province now working in Beijing.
At the square, many waved small national flags and posed for photos. They extended new year greetings to each other as the flag was raised to the top of the flagpole.
In Shanghai, a Buddhist temple launched a charity program to receive children of migrant workers who remain working in the city in the Spring Festival holiday.
"We have learned that most children of the migrant workers are left behind in their hometowns, and they wish to come and see Shanghai with their parents," said Master Hong Yi from Wanfo Temple, which sponsored the program.
There are a lot of people going back to their roots. Migrant worker Wang Dejun and his wife returned home in a village in Jintang County, southwest China's Sichuan Province, to spend the festival with their two sons, aged 7 and 11.
The couple worked in Zhuhai of southern Guangdong Province. They would stay at home for six days.
In southwest China, Tibetans celebrated the Tibetan New Year, which coincided with the Spring Festival this year, making prayers at monasteries and watching Tibetan opera performances Friday.
"It's a tradition of my family to watch Tibetan operas in new clothes," said Soinam Pedron, who watched performances with her two-and-a half-year-old daughter in a park near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, capital of Tibet.