Also known as 'Spring Festival', it celebrates the end of the Winter Season and marks the first day of the Chinese New Year. Celebrations last for 15 days, from Chinese New Year to Lantern Festival on the 15th day.
In 2015, it’s the year of the Sheep. People born in the year of the Sheep are tender, polite, clever, and kind-hearted. Although, they are sometimes shy and timid, and like to be looked after by others. They might be quieter on appearance, but the Sheep has inner determination.
Ahead of the celebrations, people thoroughly clean their house to sweep away any ill-fortune and make way for good luck to come in. They will also decorate their windows and doors in red and gold with messages of good fortune, happiness and prosperity. The Eve of Chinese New Year is celebrated with a feast, known as the reunion dinner, of meat such as pork, duck and chicken followed by firecrackers to end the night. On the first day of the New Year itself, the emphasis is around family. People will go to visit their relatives and children are given red packets which contain money. The colour red is very important as this symbolises luck and wealth.