学习啦 楚欣 2015-09-29 18:26:14
Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year is a Chinese traditional festival. We also call it the Spring Festival. It is on lunar January 1st.
On New Year’s Eve, all the people sit around the desk and have a big family dinner. There are some vegetables, some fish, some meat, some fruits and some drink like juice, Coke, Pepsi and some nice wine. Overall, this is a good and delicious dinner. After dinner, we always watch TV New Year progammes. We have a wonderful evening on New Year’s Eve.
On the first day of the Spring Festival, most of people get up early and say “happy new year” to each other. For breakfast, people often eat dumplings and baozi. After breakfast, people often make many delicious foods, and children often play cards, computer games and fireworks. On the second and third day, we visit friends and relatives.
Everyone is busy on Chinese New Year, and everyone is happy, too.
Far and away the most important holiday in China is Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year. To the Chinese people it is as important as Christmas to people in the West. the dates for this annual celebration are determined by the lunar calendar rather than the GREgorian calendar, so the timing of the holiday varies from late January to early February.
To the ordinary Chinese, the festival actually begins on the eve of the lunar New Year's Day and ends on the fifth day of the first month of the lunar calendar. But the 15th of the first month, which normally is called the Lantern Festival, means the official end of the Spring Festival in many parts of the country.
People carry out a lot of activities all over the country to welcome the Spring Festival. In the countryside， this kind of preparation starts from the beginning of 12th lunar month. All the families clean their houses， wash their clothes and bed sheets. Fresh new clothes and sheets commemorate the fresh New Year! Special New Year purchases are also important parts of upcoming New Year. In the city， they celebrate the New Year with art teams performances， various entertainment parties， and the big parks hold “temple fairs” to provide， recreation， food and art!
There are different traditional customs in different parts of China， but the whole family having reunion(团聚) dinner together in the New Year Eve is indispensable. In the South China， the reunion dinner usually has more than ten meals including bean curd and fish， because the pronunciation of these two meals means “wealthy” in Chinese language. In the North China， most of the reunion meals are dumplings， which are made and eaten by the whole family.