Shanghai Citizens Shop for Lunar New Year

People shop for the Lunar New Year on the eve of the holiday in Shanghai.

Many local citizens purchase ingredients early on Saturday morning and all kinds of seafood for the New Year's Eve dinner which is a highlight of the holiday.

In order to ensure the supply of ingredients for citizens during the Spring Festival, many vegetable markets, fresh food platforms, wholesale markets in Shanghai have planned in advance to maintain operation during the festival.

People across China rang in the Lunar New Year on Sunday with large family gatherings and crowds visiting temples after the government lifted its strict “zero-COVID” policy, marking the biggest festive celebration since the pandemic began three years ago.

The Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday in China. Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit. For the past three years, celebrations were muted in the shadow of the pandemic.

With the easing of most COVID-19 restrictions, many people could finally make their first trip back to their hometowns to reunite with their families without worrying about the hassles of quarantine, potential lockdowns and suspension of travel. Larger public celebrations also returned for what is known as the Spring Festival in China, with the capital hosting thousands of cultural events -- on a larger scale than a year ago.

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