"preparations for the New Year celebrations"

Chinese New Year  is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as "Spring Festival," since the spring season starts with lichun, the first solar term in a Chinese calendar year. It marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western carnival.

Within China, regional customs and traditions vary widely. People will spend heavily on presents, decoration, material, food, and clothing. It is tradition that every family thoroughly cleans their house to sweep away ill-fortune and make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". On the Eve of Chinese New Year, a feast is held. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.


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