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Paste Spring Festival Couplets
Spring Festival couplets — two complementary poetic lines adhering to certain rules — are among the most common and important customs for celebrating Chinese New Year. They are often used to decorate doors and walls to express hope and happiness for the coming year. During the Spring Festival,every family pastes the Spring Festival couplets on their doors to express sincere blessings and good wishes.
Spring Festival is a time for family reunion. The New Year`s Feast is "a must" banquet with all the family members getting together. The food eaten on the New Year Eve banquet varies according to regions. In south China, It is customary to eat "niangao" (New Year cake made of glutinous rice flour) because as a homophone, niangao means "higher and higher every year". In the north, the traditional food for the feast is "Jiaozi" or dumplings shaped like a crescent moon.
Stay up late or all night on New Year's Eve
Chinese people are supposed to stay up the whole night on the 30th day of the 12th month in the Lunar Calendar. In Chinese mythology, a monster called nian would come out to harm people on New Year's Eve, so people get together, staying up and chatting, hoping for a peaceful passage of time. The custom of staying up (Chinese: shou tai sui) symbolizes the warding off of all diseases and disasters and wishing good luck in the New Year.
The first day of Chinese New Year, also known as the "day of chicken", officially begins at midnight. It is traditional to light firecrackers and make as much of a din as possible to chase off the evil monster Nian. It was believed that the Nian was afraid of the colour red and firecrackers, so people would hang red lanterns outside and set off firecrackers. Most importantly the oldest and most senior members are visited with the visits strengthening family kinship.
It is the money given to kids from their parents and grandparents as New Year gift. The money is believed to bring good lucka and ward off monsters; hence the name "lucky money". Parents and grandparents put money in small, especially-made red envelopes beforehand, and give the red envelopes to their kids after the New Year`s Feast or when children come to pay New Year calls. They choose to put the money in red envelopes because Chinese people think red is a lucky color. They want to give their children both the lucky money and the lucky color.