Six peo­ple tell what Spring Fes­ti­val means to them:

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“I started blind dates the sec­ond day of Lu­nar New Year, and I met two or three girls ev­ery day. I like one of them, so we met again to learn more about each other. Now we are en­gaged.”

a 21-year-old from Henan prov­ince, said. He was among the young mi­grant work­ers who were busy find­ing a soul­mate in their home­town dur­ing the hol­i­day. “What is Spring Fes­ti­val? One word: tired. Two words: spend money. Three words: frenzy in par­ties. Four words: ei­ther eat or sleep. Five words: mes­sages blow­ing in the wind ... 10 words: you have to re­sume or­di­nary state af­ter the seven-day hol­i­day.” A ne­ti­zen called in Hangzhou, Zhejiang prov­ince, wrote on Sina Weibo, China’s largest mi­cro-blog plat­form. “At the din­ing ta­ble dur­ing the fes­ti­val gath­er­ings, I re­al­ized that my un­cles, who do man­ual work in daily life, sud­denly be­come politi­cians, mil­i­tary ex­perts, econ­o­mists, so­ci­ol­o­gists and se­nior movie crit­ics; our aun­ties and moms turn into showbiz re­view­ers, top-notch lec­tur­ers on nu­tri­tion, screen­writ­ers and an­chors of anec­dotic talk shows.” A ne­ti­zen called

Sina Weibo.

wrote on “The tor­ment of go­ing home for Lu­nar New Year is learn­ing that my friends are get­ting mar­ried and some class­mates are about to have a sec­ond mar­riage while I am still sin­gle.”

a 27-year-old me­dia worker in Bei­jing, said. “The fes­ti­val is get­ting bor­ing be­cause we don’t have much ex­pec­ta­tion for ma­te­rial sat­is­fac­tion; we al­ready live an af­flu­ent life.”

42, a civil ser­vant in Nan­tong, Jiangsu prov­ince, said. “Maybe you haven’t no­ticed that it’s rare in re­cent years for you to sit down and chat with mom and dad. At din­ner or when­ever, you are al­ways brows­ing on your cell­phone. ... We don’t have many chances to see each other ex­cept dur­ing the Spring Fes­ti­val hol­i­day. I re­ally hope you can take some time to talk with us.”

wrote to her son, who went home for Spring Fes­ti­val, in a let­ter widely cir­cu­lated on the In­ter­net.

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