Villages and cities all over China have been transformed into a sea of bright light to mark the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.

Iran press/ Asia: The Lantern Festival comes two weeks after Chinese New Year's Day, which was on 12 February.

It is a time for family reunions and visits to crowded lantern-lighting shows and some riddle-solving.

But last year's festivities were muted because of the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chinese New Year celebrations can last for up to 16 days, with seven days being a public holiday.

The festivities reach a climax with the Lantern Festival, which falls on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month.

In 2021, it is celebrated on 26 February.

Over the years, the festival has developed multiple meanings.

It celebrates family reunions, socializing and freedom, while also featuring ancient spiritual traditions.

Usually, families reunite on New Year’s Eve and visit in-laws on the 2nd day of the new year.

Stores reopen on the 5th day, and the celebrations gradually die down.

But on the 15th day of the new year, the Lantern Festival, everyone takes to the streets to celebrate and light lanterns.