Chinese New Year The Year Of The Dragon
Chinese New Year
Dates: January 22 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to February 6th The Lantern Festival.
Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important traditional festival and a public holiday in China. The Chinese New Year 2012 starts in January 22 (Chinese New Year' Eve). It is the year of dragon. The festival falls on the first day of the first Chinese month (usually in late January and early February), and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.
The festival is celebrated grandly and extensively across the country. Various cultural activities such as lighting fireworks, dragon dancing, lion dancing and other traditional performances, are arranged in parks and streets in cities and towns. Every family thoroughly cleans the house, sweeps the floors and washes daily things. House cleaning is believed to drive away ill-fortune and bring good luck in the coming year. Windows and doors are decorated with red paper-cuts and couplets.
Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. A reunion dinner is held on New Year's Eve, when New Year food including Chinese dumplings and spring rolls is eaten.
From the first day of the New Year to the 15th day, Chinese people go to visit friends and relatives. New year greetings are given to each other, and lucky money is given to children with the hope that it will bring them good luck.
Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire wishes everyone a Happy Chinese New Year.