What Is Chinese New Year Essay

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Chinese New Year is the biggest event and holiday in China. It is the time for family reunions, celebrating your achievements in the past year, and thanksgiving. Chinese New Year comes from the Lunar Calendar, which was developed by the ancient Chinese according to the cycle movement of the Moon against the Sun. New Year’s Day normally falls into January or February, and this year it is February 7th. It is the day of the first new moon (black moon). The celebration continues until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. Twelve animals have been chosen to represent each year in a cycle of twelve years. They are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Some believe that people born in that year carry some characteristics of that animal. Two thousand eight is The Year of the Rat. The most important thing to do…show more content…
That means you are getting rid of all your bad luck, if any, has accumulated over the past year. Second, decorate your house. The doors and window panes can have red paper cuts hanging on them. Red is considered to be a lucky color and can prevent evil from invading your home. Third, and also the major part of the celebration, prepare a lot food, much more than you can eat, for the New Year’s Eve dinner. People used to spend several days ahead of time getting all the dishes ready. Now you might just book a good restaurant for it. This intentionally to makes a lot of leftovers to symbolize that in the passing year you didn’t used up all food you have, so you still have more for the coming year. At my home, we usually make Chinese dumplings together after dinner and watch TV until the New Year comes. Fourth, give your children or other kids “lucky money” - red packets decorated

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