Many cultural activities are arranged during the festival. Rural areas and small towns retain more traditional
celebrations than the cities, such as setting off firecrackers, ancestor worship, and dragon dances. Setting
off fireworks is common during the Spring Festival season all over China.
At temple fairs in many Chinese cities traditional performances can be seen: dragon dances, lion dances, and
imperial performances like an emperor's wedding. A great variety of traditional Chinese products are on offer
there, and strange Chinese snacks, rarely seen the rest of the year. Beijing's temple fairs are held in parks
from the first day of the lunar year to the Lantern Festival.
In North China people perform various versions of the Rice Sprout Song, a traditional Chinese dance performed
by a group of colorfully-dressed women and men.