China marks traditional Lantern Festival with fireworks and food
SHANGHAI (AFP) - China on Sunday celebrated the traditional Lantern Festival with fireworks and food, as millions of migrant workers flowed back to cities and smog blanketed a large part of the country.
The Lantern Festival formally marks the end of celebrations for the Chinese New Year period, 15 days after it began, and is celebrated by viewing lanterns and setting off fireworks, among other activities.
The Ministry of Railways estimated around 6.4 million people would make trains journeys on Sunday.
Many of China's migrant workers living in rural areas delay their return to their workplaces beyond the official public holiday, which lasts only a week.