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  • Celebrating Chinese New Year 2024 - year of the dragon

    It's the Year of the Dragon. Watch this video to find out about what this means:


    Here's your guide to the Lunar New Year

    Many Asian countries celebrate New Year at this time,
    including Vietnam and Korea. Lunar New Year, often called the Spring Festival
    or Chinese New Year, is the most important holiday in China and many other
    Asian communities. It is an annual 15-day festival that begins with the new moon
    between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 in Western calendars. The festival lasts until the
    following full moon. The holiday began as a time for feasting and to honour
    household and heavenly deities, as well as ancestors.
      How long are the
    Chinese New Year festivities? Chinese New Year in 2024 falls on Feb. 10 and ends with
    the Lantern Festival on Feb. 24. Celebrations last up to 16 days; the Chinese
    public holiday lasts from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17.
      What is the Chinese Zodiac? The Chinese zodiac, or Sheng Xiao (生肖),
    is a repeating 12-year cycle of animal signs and their attributes, based on the
    lunar calendar. The Lunar New Year marks the transition
    from one animal to another. The Year of the Rabbit, which began Jan. 22, 2023,
    ends on Feb. 9. Feb. 10 begins the Year of the Dragon. The Year of the Dragon last came
    in 2012.
      Before the Lunar New Year In preparation for the Lunar New Year, houses are
    thoroughly cleaned to drive away any bad luck from the previous year. It is
    also advised that you pay off any debts ahead of the New Year, in part to close
    the books at the end of the year and start another year fresh. Some additional traditions preparing for
    the lunar New Year include putting spring festival couplets on doors or windows
    and buying new clothes.
      New Year's Eve Chinese New Year traditions On the morning of New Year’s Eve, people sweep the tombs
    of their ancestors, then return home. When they finish hanging Spring Festival
    couplets and red lanterns, it’s time for the big family reunion dinner. This
    banquet is believed to be the most important dinner of the year. Big families
    of several generations come together and enjoy delicious and lucky dishes. In China, the foods served at these dinners vary from north to south. Northern Chinese cuisine tends to have
    dumplings and noodles; southern Chinese meals rely heavily on rice cakes.
    Traditionally, people give out red envelopes with money and light fireworks
    after dinner.

    Festival of Lanterns The last day of the New Year is known as the Festival of
    Lanterns and marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. All types of lanterns
    are lighted throughout the streets, and poems and riddles are often written for
      CONTRIBUTING Dian Zhang SOURCE USA TODAY Network reporting and

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