It is defined as the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar.
Unlike the New Year observed by those that use the Gregorian Calendar, which is based on a solar calendar, the Chinese New Year is based on a traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar whose dates indicate both the phase of the moon as well as the time of the solar year.
Writings that refer to good luck are often seen in homes and business environments.
They are usually written with a brush on a diamond-shaped piece of red paper.
Before the celebration, people traditionally clean their houses thoroughly, and also display traditional New Year's decorations.
This festivity is a time for family reunion, and is considered the most important part of the Chinese New Year celebration.Each year in the Chinese calendar is assigned to an animal.According to one belief, Buddha promised gifts to all animals that would pay him homage.Chinese New Year is the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar.It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Many children receive “lucky money” in red envelopes, and household doors are open to let good luck enter.In addition, a lunar month is around two days shorter than a solar month.As such, in order to "catch up" with the solar calendar, an extra month is inserted every few years.This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.Typically, the celebration begins on the New Year's Eve and lasts for around 15 days through the middle of the first month.However, some businesses may close early, and some streets may be closed for a short while to allow for festival parades to take place.This festival is believed go as far back as prehistory.