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Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays . It is sometimes called the Lunar New Year , especially by people outside China. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first lunar month ( Chinese : 正月 ; pinyin : zhēng yuè) in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival . Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chúxī ( 除夕 , chúxī ,). It literally means "Year-pass Eve".
Celebrated in areas with large populations of ethnic Chinese , Chinese New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had influence on the new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours, as well as cultures with whom the Chinese have had extensive interaction. These include Aboriginal Taiwanese people, Koreans , Mongolians , Vietnamese , and formerly the Japanese before 1873. In Singapore , Indonesia , Malaysia , the Philippines , Thailand , and other countries with significant Chinese populations, Chinese New Year is also celebrated, largely by overseas Chinese , and has, to varying degrees, become part of the traditional culture of these countries. In Canada , although Chinese New Year is not an official holiday, many ethnic Chinese hold large celebrations and Canada Post issues New Year's themed stamps in domestic and international rates.
Occurs when members of the family gather around throughout the night after the reunion dinner and reminisce about the year that has passed while welcoming the year that has arrived. Some believe that children who Shou Sui will increase the longevity of the parents.
The fifteenth day of the new year is celebrated as Yuánxiāo jié ( 元宵节 ) Rice dumplings ， sweet glutinous rice ball brewed in a soup, is eaten this day. Candles are lit outside houses as a way to guide wayward spirits home. This day is celebrated as the Lantern Festival , and families walk the street carrying lighted lanterns. This day often marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities.
Dragon and lion dances are common during Chinese New Year. It is believed that the loud beats of the drum and the deafening sounds of the cymbals together with the face of the dragon or lion dancing aggressively can evict bad or evil spirits. Lion dances are also popular for opening of businesses .
Let’s make our double happiness paper cutting Fold your paper twice and draw lines like this, Then cut out the part with shade and when you Unfold your paper you will get the double Happiness word 喜喜 which will bring you Good luck!