Chinese New Year

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Aixuan Li 03/29/2012
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is the most important festival of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as "Spring Festival." People celebrate this day by enjoy the Dragon dances, Lion dances, fireworks, family gathering, family meal, visiting friends and relatives , giving red envelopes, and decorating with duilian(usually represented as two lines of poems that match together to wish people good luck and was hung on the wall of the front door). But for the unmarried young people, married couple, and the old people in the family, New Year has different tasks and meanings for them. For the kids, Chinese New Year means a winter break from school which kind of like the holiday for Christmas in America and it is also all about fun, delicious food, and mysterious gifts. Traditionally, Red envelopes or red packets are passed out during the Chinese New Year's celebrations, from married couples or the elderly to unmarried juniors--kids. Red envelopes wrap money in a little red pockets and kids could spend it on buying anything they want for the whole year. In addition to red envelopes, small gifts (usually of food or sweets) are also exchanged between friends or relatives. And those gifts are usually collected by the kids. Because of the small gifts and the money they will receive on the New Year’s Day, kids feel they are the luckiest person in the world. Despite the wonderful Dragon dance and fireworks they will watch later on. And for me when I was a kid, my favorite part of the festival is the family meal. Every year my families get together and enjoy the very delicious traditional Chinese cuisine cooked by my grandfather. For young adults, New Year’s Day is all about buying tickets, preparing money for red packets, and purchasing gifts. In China, planes, trains, buses, boats, donkeys, and any means of transportation you can imagine, are jammed packed with people returning home to enjoy the...
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