The streets of Wuzhen are usually illuminated during the Spring Festival celebrations with people putting posters on their walls and doors. Most New Year customs have their roots in this town with the most distinctive one being the “long street banquet”.
In the past, rich families would invite their guests to a banquet during the Festival. They would arrange tables and chairs along the streets and connect them with their neighbor’s. These long connected tables formed the lively long street banquet. It is still held in Wuzhen today with more splendid dishes. Other activities in Wuzhen include pasting spring couplets, burning of the first incense, watching traditional Chinese opera, enjoying festive lanterns, attending the lantern festival and temple fair in January, and setting fireworks.