Some people may know that the date of Chinese New Year is not on January 1st and maybe a few people also get that the date of Chinese New Year varies every year. That’s correct, because the date is based on lunar calendar rather than the solar calendar. In 2010, it’s very coincident on the same day with Western Valentine’s Day. What do Chinese people do on that day? And how do we celebrate it?
The previous evening before Chinese New Year is called Chinese New Year Eve, it’s similar to the Christmas Eve. Most people do not have to work in that evening and all family members have a yearly reunion. In the past, people eat and drink at home. But recently, more and more people go out to restaurants for dinner. Thus they can enjoy the meal and without wasting time on preparing it. During the dinner, there is a very important activity called “red envelope giving”. The elders will give a red envelope (looks like below one)