Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most significant of all traditional chinese holidays.
The New Year falls on a different date each year as Chinese calendar follows the lunar cycle, which corresponds to the period between January 21 and February 21 in the Western solar calendar. Chinese New Year begins with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends 15 days later wih the Lantern Festival.
This is traditionally a time for family reunion and remembering of the ancestors. Preparations include buying presents, food and clothing and cleaning and decorating houses. Each day of the festival is marked by a different celebration with the first few days being entirely a family affair.
The seventh day of the New Year is everybody's birthday and people consider themselves a year older on this day rather than on their real birthday.