The most popular lantern festival on mainland China returned after a two year pause to light up the streets of Shanghai, Saturday, in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year.

Last year the event was banned due to the Shanghai stampede which killed 36 people and injured 49 others during the 2014 New Year celebrations. Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is China’s most important traditional festival. It is also the most important celebration for families, and a week of official public holiday.

In 2016, most Chinese will be off work 7 days from Sunday, February 7 (New Year’s Eve) to Saturday, February 13 (Chinese New Year day 6). China Highlights office will be closed during this period, and we will be back at work on Sunday, February 14, though you can still reach our 24/7 hotline numbers.