New Year in China iscompletely differentand unique from any of the NewYearcelebrations made in any part ofthe world.It is also called as ‘The SpringFestival.The day of New Year is celebratedonthe first day of the first month oftheChinese calendar. In China, thereis noone fixed day of the New Year, andthusthe date changes every year.
The Chinese New Year festivities are held atthe end of January or beginning of Februaryfor a period of one month.During this time, Chinese people celebratethe end of the winter season.
The celebration of the Chinese New Year is rich intradition and full of happiness.
Preparationsbegin in December when shops are filled with people buyinggifts. Buying new shoes is extremely important because it isbelieved that if you walk in old shoes on New Year’s Day, youwill have bad luck.
People buy new red clothes, get a haircut, and clean anddecorate their houses with red banners with popular themesof “happiness”, “wealth”, and “long life”
On the Eve of Chinese New Year, they have abig family supper.Traditional dishes arepigs, ducks, chicken and sweets.
Early the next morning, children greettheir parents by wishing them a healthy and happy newyear, and receive money in red paper envelopes.
For the next two weeks, all shops are closed as people enjoyvisiting friends and relatives
Traditional NewYears gifts areoranges, tangerines and sweets.
Last day of Chinese New Year is celebrated as LanternFestival. Colourful lanterns are hung everywhere