Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in modern China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday, 5 February, initiating the Year of the Pig.
Chinese New Year is one of the world's most prominent and celebrated festivals, and is the cause of the largest annual mass human migration in the world.
It is a major holiday in Greater China and has strongly influenced the lunar new year celebrations of China's neighbouring cultures
Traditions and Activities
In China, traditions and celebrations vary greatly across the country. In the North, Chinese dumplings are the must-eat food on Chinese New Year's Eve,
but south of the Yangtze River most people eat spring rolls or sticky rice cake
Decorating Buildings and Streets with Lucky Red Items
Red couplets are put up for Chinese New Year.Every street, building, and house where Spring Festival is celebrated is decorated with red. Red is the main color for the festival, as red is believed to be an auspicious color.
Red lanterns hang in streets; red couplets are pasted on doors; banks and official buildings are decorated with red New Year pictures depicting images of prosperity.
Popularity of the Chinese New Year Gala
Chinese New Year Gala is a part of tradition activities for Chinese People.Family members get together and sit around the heater, chatting while watching the TV show, and waiting for the coming of midnight, They eat and drink late into the night, when the old year is dismissed and the new year is welcomed in.sometimes stay up all night chatting with family members, and go to sleep when they please.