- The Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is the most important traditional festival in China.
- The celebration of the Spring Festival usually lasts for 15 days, starting on the first day of the lunar new year.
- The origins of the Spring Festival can be traced back to the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC).
- During the Spring Festival, families get together for a big meal and exchange red envelopes filled with money.
- One of the most popular Spring Festival customs is to stick up Chinese couplets on doors and walls.
- Fireworks displays are a traditional part of the Spring Festival celebrations.
- Making and eating dumplings is a common tradition during the Spring Festival, symbolizing family unity and prosperity.
- Wearing new clothes during the Spring Festival is believed to bring good luck and fortune.
- The Spring Festival Eve dinner, also known as the reunion dinner, is the most important meal of the year for Chinese families.
- Tangyuan, or glutinous rice , is a popular traditional snack during the Spring Festival.
- Chinese sausage, or lap cheong, is a common ingredient in many Spring Festival dishes.
- Nian gao, or sticky rice cake, is a sweet and sticky treat often eaten during the Spring Festival.
- Many major cities around the world host Spring Festival parades and festivals to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
- In San Francisco, the Chinese New Year Parade is one of the largest and most colorful events outside of Asia.
- The Spring Festival is a public holiday in several Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore.
- In London, the Chinese New Year festivities include a parade through Chinatown, dragon and lion dances, and fireworks displays.