Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the Chinese New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of Chinese New Year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night when people light their lanterns and parade in the streets.
On Chinese New Year Eve, you have an annual reunion dinner with your family, for most people in China if they work in a different city this is the only time they get to go back home and see their family. It is a tradition to eat dumplings ( jiao zi). They may be cooked by boiling them, steaming them, simmering them, frying then, or baking them. The fillings are usually fish, meat and vegetables. 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. They will also visit their other family members and good friends to wish them a luck for the new year.
It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any bad fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour and paper cuts, with hangings wishing people a happy Chinese New Year.
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