Festivals held in honour of the deceased are celebrated throughout the Chinese calendar. In Tianshui, locals worship Fu Xi, a legendary ancestor, and pay homage to him in a grand temple ceremony. In Zhejiang, Yan Ting brings his young family back to his old home in Xiao Zuo Village. He carries out a grave-sweeping ritual to honor his ancestors as part of the Qingming Festival. For the Chinese, memories of beloved ancestors are preserved in the hearts of the living.
For the Chinese throughout the world, connections to their roots and beliefs are remembered through celebrations with family, neighbours and loved ones. Filial piety is presented in a grand parade of gods, sisterhood is strengthened with the guidance of a goddess and festivals bring together thousands of people in fiery spirits. Celebrations are held firm with the bonds of family and community, ensuring the endurance of rich customs and rituals.
The Lunar New Year is the most important festival for the Chinese. It is a time for family reunions and upholding traditions. In Beijing, Coco and Akira make a gift in an act of filial piety. In Xian Yang Village, Ding Yong returns to his childhood home. His family carry out quintessential traditions: decorating the house and cooking the reunion dinner. By observing customs, the people hold true to their identity as the Chinese diaspora.