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Festival of harvest
Chinese New Year is also called “Spring Festival” and “Lunar New Year” because it comes in the spring time and is dated based on the Chinese lunar calendar.
Each Chinese New Year is designated as “the year of” one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, which animal is supposed to characterise that year and all those born in it.
Practiced world over
Chinese New Year is the most important annually recurring festival for people of Chinese ancestry all over the world.
It has been celebrated for over 1,000 years – possibly much longer, and the traditions involved are deeply ingrained in Chinese culture.
For many, it is also a religious holiday, full of prayers, offerings, and other acts of devotion
Houses are cleaned out thoroughly before it arrives to “sweep out any bad luck,” but brooms are hidden away on New Year’s Day for fear of “sweeping away the good luck” that the arrival of a new year brings.
New clothes, to be worn on New Year’s Day, and a large stash of food for New Year’s Eve dinner, are also purchased in advance, making the shopping centres very busy this time of year. Greeting cards are also commonly exchanged.