How To Celebrate 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 to celebrate the Chinese New Year is to get together with your family. This is the time people travel all the way across the country to visit their parents and loved ones. It might be the worst time for a long trip, but it will be worth it. Your presence, itself, is the best gift you can send to your parents. China is a big country and the way to celebrate the Chinese New Year can vary from place to place, but here are some common things you might do: First, do some housekeeping and wipe out the dust. 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

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