In ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came and Buddha named a year after each one.
People born during the year of the snake are wise, charming, generous, and smart.
Red, the color of Chinese New Year, symbolizes fire which drives away bad luck.
Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.
Tangerines symbolize luck and prosperity.
The traditional Chinese New Year celebration lasts 15 days.
Traditional foods include fish which symbolize abundance, and a sticky fruitcake called Nian Gou.
The money in the hong bao always total up to an even numbered amount and never an odd numbered one.
The money should never add up to anything with the number 4 in it because the number 4 is unlucky.
One sixth of the world celebrate Chinese New Year, including more than 1 billion Chinese people.
Many Chinese workers travel home to their families.
The world record for most text messages sent in a day is broken each year during Chinese New Year. The current record stands at 19 billion.
According to superstition you must clean your house thoroughly to sweep away misfortune and make way for good luck and fortune in the coming year.
Bamboo shoots = wealth
Black moss seaweed = wealth
Dried Bean Curd = happiness
Chicken = happiness and marriage
Egg Rolls = wealth
Fish served whole = prosperity
Lychee nuts = close family
Noodles = A long life
Oranges = wealth
Peanuts = a long life
Seeds = having a large number of children
Tangerines = luck