Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is sometimes called the "Lunar New Year" by English speakers. The festival traditionally begins on the first day of the first month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; this day is called Lantern Festival. Chinese New Year's Eve is known as Chuxi. It literally means "Year-pass Eve".
Several days before the New Year, people begin to prepare. Farmers kill pigs, sheep, cocks and hens. City dwellers buy meat fish and vegetables. Houses are cleaned; couplets are posted on the doors. Colorful lanterns are hung at the gate. The Spring Festival, Chinese New Year，is the most important festival for all of us. All family members get together on New Year’ Eve to have a big meal. At the same time, everyone celebrates to each other. At about 12 o'clock, some parents and children light crackers. The whole sky is lighted brightly. We may watch the fireworks excitedly.
On the eve of the New Year, each family has its member’s gathered together and eats a family reunion dinner. After the meal they watch TV until the clock strikes twelve. Then every family sets off long strings of small firecrackers and other fireworks to welcome the New Year. On the first day of the New Year, almost everyone is dressed in his or her best. When people meet on the way, they say to each other "Happy New Year". Friends and relatives pay New Year calls and gives presents to each other. Children indulge themselves in games. The Chinese New Year tradition is a great way to reconcile forgetting all grudges, and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.