Residents of the earthquake-stricken area of Jishishan in Gansu, China, are celebrating the Spring Festival in a unique way. In spite of the challenges they have faced, locals have been participating in New Year’s fairs and cultural festivals to ring in the Year of the Dragon.
The resettlement site in Jishishan has been bustling with activity as people prepare for the holiday. Residents have been seen hanging traditional lanterns and pasting the word “Fu,” meaning good fortune, on their wooden houses. In addition to performing cultural and artistic programs at “village evenings,” locals have also been frying fruits, nuts, and other New Year foods to mark the occasion.
Photos captured at the Nongmao Road New Year Fair in Jishishan County depict the festive atmosphere as people shopped for new year goods. Children were also seen taking part in the celebrations, accompanied by their parents.
Cultural programs and artistic performances have been taking place, making the atmosphere vibrant and lively. Students have been rehearsing for performances in Xiaohongping Village, and locals have been enjoying traditional New Year’s Eve foods such as avocado and twists in wooden houses.
Despite the challenges they have faced after the earthquake, the residents of Jishishan have remained resilient and are ensuring that the spirit of the Spring Festival is alive and well in their community.