The Spring Festival is the most important celebration for the Chinese New Year. Although the meaning and methods of celebrating the Spring Festival have changed over time, it is still the most important festival in the Chinese tradition with a seven-day holiday. The highlight is New Year's Eve and the first day of the first lunar month. This year, Tuesday, February 1st. begins the Year of the Tiger.
Families carry out many activities throughout the country to welcome the Spring Festival similar to Christmas' celebrations in the Western countries. For example, they clean their houses, wash their clothes and lines. The new fresh clothes and clean sheets mean a fresh new year. Also the purchase of New Year's gifts is an important part. It is also customary to wear festival dresses and visit or welcome visitors. The most importat part of the celebration is to travel and visit relatives.
In South China, the main dinner usually has more than ten meals including bean curd and fish, because the pronunciation of these two meals is "rich" in the Chinese language. In North China, most of the meeting meals are dumplings, which are made and eaten by the whole family.Usually the New Year is celebrated with the representation of art groups and fairs in the big parks to provide people with art and culture. And fireworks are made during New Year's Eve, on the eve of the first day of the lunar month.
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