January 1st isn’t the only day of the year people celebrate the New Year. The Chinese New Year , also known as known as Spring Festival, will fall this year on January 31st, 2014. The event is celebrated on a different day each year since the Chinese calendar is lunisolar - taking into account both the earth and moon’s movement.
- Cleaning the house from top to bottom before New Year's Day is believed to bring good luck in the coming year.
- People open windows and/or doors to "let in" good luck.
- Leaving the lights on in the house overnight is believe to 'scare away' any evil ghosts and spirits.
- Some people believe that what happens on the first day of the Chinses New Year reflects the rest of the year to come. Chinese people will often gamble at the start of the yera, hoping to obtain good luck and prosperity if they win.
Some Chinese New Year Traditions
- Visiting friends and relatives.
- Giving children money in "lucky" red envelopes (Hong Bao)
- Shopping for new clothes.
- Setting off fireworks.
- Eating sweets to ensure a "sweet" new year.
- Wearing red clothes.
A video about Chinese New Year traditions