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Fireworks and Firecrackers Display
When the Chinese New Year comes, fireworks and strings of colorful lights illuminate the night sky. It is meant to send off the old year and ring in the new. (2011-02-03)

Spring Festival Gala
The annual Spring Festival Gala hosted by China Central Television has become an important part of the Chinese Lunar New Year celebration since 1983. (2011-01-24)

New Year's Eve Dinner
On the night of New Year's Eve, Chinese families come together for a celebration dinner. (2011-01-24)

House Cleaning
According to Chinese folk beliefs, during the last month of the year ghosts and deities must choose either to return to Heaven or to stay on Earth. (2011-01-24)

Shou Sui
Shou Sui occurs when members of the family gather around throughout the night after the reunion dinner and reminisce about the year that has passed. (2011-01-24)

Red Packet
Red packets almost always contain money, usually varying from a couple of dollars to several hundred. (2011-01-24)

Temple Fairs
Beijing has several fairs during the period. The fairs are held at various ancient temples, so they are called "temple fairs." (2011-01-24)

New Year Customs

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