Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays. The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar year, so the date of New Year changes every year but usually falls around the end of January/ beginning of February. The Chinese calendar follows a twelve year cycle with each year named after an animal.
Within China people will buy presents, decorations, material, food, and clothing. It is traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness” or “wealth”. On the eve of Chinese New Year, the family will have a feast together and end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will receive money in red paper envelopes.
In China towns around the world you can watch the Dragon Dance which is performed outside of shops and restaurants to bring good luck for the coming year.
According to legend, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian who was afraid of the colour red and loud noises.
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