Chinese New Year Celebrations

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Chinese New Year

The most favorite holiday celebration in my country is Chinese New Year. It contains threes parts: the preparations, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The Chinese New Year’s day is different from each year because it is based on the Chinese traditional lunar calendar.

For the preparations of New Year, Chinese prefer decorate their houses and purchase goods that relate the Chinese New Year’s celebrations. Like people in Western countries prepare for Thanksgiving and Christmas, Chinese buy presents, decoration materials, food and clothing for the coming celebration. Chinese families give their home a thorough cleaning.

Chinese New Year Eve is perhaps the most exciting part of the event. A reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve where family members, near and far, get together for celebration. Dinner is usually a feast of meat, seafood and dumplings. The elders usually give the lucky-money to their children at the dinner.

Traditionally, each of the first fifteen days of Chinese New Year has a special significance. With the arrival of Chinese New Year, the first day begins by worshipping the gods of the heavens and earth. It is also a time for people to visit their dear friends and relatives to wish them good luck for the Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year is our most important celebration because it combines the three parts which Chinese people enjoy: the preparation, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s day. This is the time for the Chinese to congratulate each other and themselves on having period through another year, a time to finish out the old, and to welcome in New Year.
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