The Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year is a great occasion to the Chinese people. It lasts about the first four days of the year,during which people do not work except for the workers on duty. Students do not go to school,and shops are closed.
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；coupletsare posted on the doors. Colourful lanterns are hung at the gate.
On the eve of the new year,each family has its members gatherd together and eats a family reunion dinner. After the meal they watch TV until the clock strickes twelve. Then every family sets off long strings of small firecrackers and other fire works to welcome the new year. On the first day of the new year，almost everyone is dressed in his or her best. Whenpeople 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 spring festival is the loveliest in China， which is comes in February. Everyone loves it so much that prepare lots of things of the spring festival before it comes. In the spring festival holiday， people do many things， such as eat the dinner on the New Year‘s， set off fireworks， stroll the famous fair likes “Baiyunguan” fair. Especially for some children or teenager is “lucky money”.
On the first day of lunar,the young generation congratulates the old generation with “Happy New Year!”
Then the old generation will give the young some lucky money which wrapped with red paper or red envelope. Because red is a color with joyful. Lucky money means the old generation‘s love to the young and hope them can have a good luck in this new year. this is the lucky money which lots of the young want.