Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the west, is the most important traditional festival and a public holiday in China.
The Spring Festival 2012 starts 23rd January (New Year’s Eve). 2012 is the year of dragon. The festival falls on the first day of the first lunar month (usually in late January and early February), and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. The festival is celebrated with various cultural activities arranged. Firework shows, dragon dancing and lion dancing are the most common Chinese New Year activities. Days before the festival, Chinese families do clean their houses. This practice of house cleaning, before the New Year, is to sweep away bad luck and bring good-fortune in the coming year.
Chinese New Year is a time for families to be together. Wherever they are, people come home to celebrate the festival with their families.