The sounds of firecrackers can be heard exploding all over the place. Young happy children with ‘Ang Pao’ (red envelopes containing money) in hand and processions of dragon dancers make their way down the roads of Chinatowns around the world. They represent the coming of the Chinese New Year–the most important day on the Chinese calendar.
The Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year, is on the first day of the first month based on the Chinese style lunar calendar. Some people call New Year’s day ‘The Spring Festival’ because it is the beginning of spring.
They are praying to their dead ancestors. You can see that lots of food and drink which they offer to their ancestors.
During the celebrations, there are also lion dance performances–believed to ward off demons. People also refrain from fighting or being mean to each other during this time because it would bring them bad luck throughout the year.