- It is known as the Spring Festival because according to the traditional Chinese calendar, known as the lunar calendar, it marks the end of the winter and the beginning of the spring. It was made a public holiday in 1914 during China's Republican period and was reinstituted by the government of the People's Republic of China in 1949. More traditionally, visitors can take part in the festivals in villages such as Pingxi, outside Taipei, by purchasing a paper lantern, making a wish and releasing it into the air. Before the Chinese New Year comes, it is customary for people to completely clean their houses to get rid of bad fortune from the old year and decorate their tidy houses, all with an atmosphere of rejoicing and celebration.
In Guangzhou, flower fairs are popular at New Year, and all over southern China, lantern displays are common. Their lucky numbers are said to be 3, 4 and 9, and the colours green, red and purple are also supposedly favoured by fortune.
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- Various kinds of celebratory activities, sponsored either by the government or communities, are held, featuring the traditional lion dance, dragon dance and drum performance.More news: A medalist now too, Rippon embraces function at Olympics
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An acrobatic dancer performs the "Hula Hoops dance" during a gala show for the Chinese Lunar New Year in Myanmar. It is believed lighting incense and praying at the temple earlier in the New Year will welcome good spirits and deities coming to the household sooner.
"I recommend for those people born in the Year of the Dragon to remain in status quo, meaning no new investments, no new business". The products are available online and in-store just in time for the New Year.
The celebrations go on for 15 days, ending on the 15th of the lunar calendar in January, which is the Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year is celebrated widely in Thailand, which has up to 10 million Chinese ethnic citizens out of its total population of 69 million.
The Dog is the 11th animal among the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. People who were born in the Year of the Dog are often described as independent, serious, loyal and responsible, while their weaknesses might be that they are sensitive, stubborn and emotional.