The Spring Festival is very important to Chinese people. In the past，people could not often have meat，rice or other delicious food. They could only eat these during the Spring festival. So every year they hoped that the Spring Festival would come soon. Now， although people‘s life is much better，and we can eat the delicious foods everyday. People still like the festival. Because most people can have a long holiday，and we are free to go on a trip or visit our friends or have parties with our family. In the evenings，we can have a big meal in the restaurant or stay at home with family and watch the TV programs.
I like the Spring Festival very much. How wonderful the Spring Festival is！
The Chinese New Year has a great history. In our past, people lived in an agricultural society and worked all year long. They only took a break after the harvest and before the planting of seeds. This happens to coincide with the beginning of the lunar New Year.
The Chinese New Year is very similar to the Western one, rich in traditions, folklores and rituals. It has been said that it is a combination of the Western Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. This is hardly an exaggeration!
The origin of the Chinese New Year itself is centuries old - in fact, too old to actually be traced. It is popularly recognized as the Spring Festival and celebrations last 15 days.
Preparations tend to begin a month before the date of the Chinese New Year (similar to a Western Christmas). During this time people start buying presents, decoration materials, food and clothing. A huge clean-up gets underway days before the New Year, when Chinese houses are cleaned from top to bottom. This ritual is supposed to sweep away all traces of bad luck. Doors and windowpanes are often given a new coat of paint, usually red, then decorated with paper cuts and couplets with themes such as happiness, wealth and longevity printed on them.
The end of the New Year is marked by the Festival of Lanterns, which is a celebration with singing, dancing and lantern shows.
At the Festival, all traditions are honored. The predominant colors are red and gold. "Good Wish" banners are hung from the ceilings and walls. The "God of Fortune" is there to give Hong Baos. Lion dancers perform on stage continuously. Visitors take home plants and flowers symbolizing good luck. An array of New Years specialty food is available in the Food Market. Visitors purchase new clothing, shoes and pottery at the Market Fair. Bargaining for the best deal is commonplace!
New Year is the most grand festival for the Chinese nation, on this day, no matter how far apart, people all want to go back to home, with parents, family reunion. In the heart of every Chinese, Spring Festival has the extremely important status.
The Spring Festival is my favorite holiday, because on this day, I can eat a lot of delicious food, also can get lucky money, more importantly, on this day, we are a large family to gather together together, recounting and wishing each other. Every year the Spring Festival, mother always do a big table, let's eat. After dinner, mom will pack a big red packets to me, I wish my next year to study progress, healthy growth.
The highlight of the Spring Festival is a family reunion dinner, put on the eve of the, because we do have, every time, I always eat very enjoyable. Finished eating dinner, we will watch Spring Festival gala on TV, hereinafter referred to as "gala", in the spring night, each hero qi, off stage, singing away, altogether celebrates the New Year. Blessing of our motherland, our national prosperity, endless.
The Spring Festival, is my favorite holiday!