Chinese New Year
Lunar New Year
traditional Chinese calendar
生肖 Chinese zodiac
牛年 the year of ox
The Chinese New Year is associated with several myths and customs.
The festival was traditionally a time to honour deities as well as ancestors.
It is a two-week festival beginning on the first day of the lunar year. Each day honours something different, such as parents, gods, or wealth.
the first day of the lunar year
Regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the New Year vary widely.
customs and traditions 习俗和传统
Families gather for a reunion dinner on New Year's Eve.
It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck.
Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets.
Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity.
Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving lucky amounts of money in red envelopes.
light firecrackers 放鞭炮
lucky amounts of money 吉祥数额的压岁钱
red envelope 红包