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The Spring Festival begins on February 5th
Chinese New Year or the so-called Spring Festival, this year begins on February 5th and ends February 19th. The official holidays starts on February 4 and the celebrations last about 15 days - until the Lantern Festival. The Spring Festival is the longest holiday in China, and people from all over the country are traveling to go home and celebrate together with their families. This creates the world's largest annual "migration" known as "Fever on a trip around the Spring Festival". Nearly 3 billion is the total number of trips by plane, train, ship and bus.
One sixth of the world's population celebrate the holiday, not only in China, but also in Vietnam, Singapore, and other Asian countries, the Chinese neighbourhoods of New York, Vancouver, London, and Sydney. Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner is the most important part of the celebration. After the dinner, family stays together, observe Gala (the most watched TV program in PRC) for the Chinese New Year, and talk. Fireworks are an indispensable part of the celebration and turn into the largest show on the planet, because each family has pyrotechnics and is part of the illumination.
Festive New Year decorations are in deep red, because in Chinese culture, the red colour is a symbol of happiness, wealth and prosperity, and repels evil spirits with luck.
Guo Nian Nao is the most used New Year’s greeting and means Happy New Year. Nian is the fierce monster in the history of the Chinese New Year, fearing red colour and crackling, so are the fireworks and red decorations used during the Spring Festival.