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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (also called the Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival) is the most important holiday of the Chinese people. It is celebrated throughout the Far East and in Chinatowns around the world on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, which is usually the day of the second new moon after the winter solstice. In 2005, Chinese New Year begins on February 9. Traditionally, houses are cleaned and decorated in the days before Chinese New Year. Red envelopes (hong bao) are passed out on Chinese New Year’s Eve. The following day, Chinese New Year is celebrated with firecrackers, lanterns, torches, and bonfires to chase away the kuei (evil spirits), who are believed to be dispersed by light and noise. Dragon dances and lion dances take place in streets and public places throughout the first few days of the Chinese New Year.

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