January 31st of 2014, Friday, will be the Chinese Lunar New Year Day! And January 30th, Friday, will be the New Year Eve. We need to celebrate them with friends or family members!
The festival has a lot of longstanding traditions and goes for 15 days. With its joyful spirit and rich history, Chinese New Year is a fascinating holiday. We've compiled a list of 20 things you may need to know about the new year celebrations — now you can seek out events where you live and join in on the merriment.
1. The 15-day festival, which starts on January 31 this year, is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. It starts with the first new moon of each calendar year and ends on the full moon.
2. Food is a big part of Chinese New Year celebrations, and many meals are eaten with family and friends. Some traditional dishes for the holidays are nian gao cake, steamed rice pudding, long noodles, and dumplings.