The Chinese New Year, or also called the Lunar New Year is one of the most important Chinese festivals. The first day of the Lunar New Year is always between 21 Jan and 20 Feb. For example, last year the first day was 28 January and it represented the year of the Rooster.
The Chinese New Year is very popular and it’s celebrated in many countries and territories like Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Korea, Australia and many more.
The New Year celebrations usually start the night before the Lunar New Year’s day. Families get together for the annual dinner. People always clean their homes in order to sweep away all the bad fortune and to make a fresh space for the good luck that is coming in the New Year. Also, a lot of decorations are put on the windows and doors representing fortune and happiness.
All the countries with sizable Chinese population have this holiday as a public holiday. So they don’t go to work. If, however, the holiday is on the weekend, since every year the date is different, people get one free day during the week.
The biggest event in the Lunar New Year is the annual reunion dinner. It is usually celebrated with many different traditional dishes, but the star on the table is the dumpling plate. This dinner is compared to Thanksgiving feast or Christmas dinner in all countries with a big percentage of Christians.
After dinner some families hold parties, celebrating in modern fashion. But other go to temples few hours prior the New Year and pray for all the good thing they wish to encounter in the new upcoming year.