Evely nation has its own folk festivals. Those festivals give people a chance to be away from their regular work and everyday worries to enjoy themselves and to develop kindship and fi‘iendship. The Spring Festival is the chief holiday in China while Christmas is the most important redletter day in the western world.
The Spring Festival and Christmas have much in common. Both are prepared hefiorehand to create a joyous atmosphere; both offer a family reunion with a square feast: and both satisfy the children with new clothes, lovely presents and delicious food. However, the Chinese Spring Festival has no religious background while Christmas has something to do with God and there is Santa Claus with white heard to bring children presents. The westerners send each other Christmas cards for greetings while the Chinese people pay a call on each other.
Nowadays, some of the Chinese youth has begun to celebrate Christmas, following the example of the westerners. Perhaps they do so just for fun and out of curiosity.
Similar to the importance of the Christmas Day for the westerners， the Spring Festival is the most important celebration for Chinese people. Although the meaning and the methods of celebration of the Spring Festival are changing with the time， the important status of the Spring Festival is incomparable.
Chinese Spring Festival has a long history， which is nearly four thousand years old. Initially， the festival had no name or fixed date However， people called Spring Festival “the age” according to the revolution period of Jupiter by B.C. 2100. Before B.C. 1000， people used “the year”， which means “Great Harvest” representing the Spring Festival.
According to the traditional custom， the Spring Festival lasts from the 23rd day of 12th lunar month to the 15th day of 1st lunar month， and the climax should be the New Year Eve and the first day of first lunar month.
Spring Festival is the most important festival in China.It’s to celebrate the lunar calendar ‘s new year .In the evening before the Spring Festival,families get together and have a big meal .In many places people like to set off firecrackers.Dumplings are the most traditional food.
Children like the festival very much ,because they can have delicious food and wear new clothes .They can also get some money from their parents. This money is given to children for good luck . People put New Year scrolls on the wall for good fortune . The Spring Festival lasts about 15 days long .People visit relatives and friends with the words “Have all your wishes ”. People enjoy the Spring Festival ,during this time they can have a good rest.
The spring festival is Chinese most traditional festival every 365 days. Each Chinese pay much attention on it. Every year about 15 days before spring festival， the migrate works and white-collars are beginning crowded home-returning.
But， in recent years， with the development of the world， many different attitudes between the young and the old towards the spring festival come forth. The old are still pay more attention to the spring festival， but the young gradually change the mode to spend their spring festival holiday， such as travel overseas.
When I am a childhood， I celebrated the spring festival with my family about a month in my winter vacation in traditional way， such as helping cleaning our houses， putting red couplets on gates， setting off firecrackers， and wear new clothes. Now， I spend only 4 or 5 days at home with my parents in celebrating the spring festival， then I will hurry back to work. Maybe in the near future， I will have no time celebrating spring festival hometown， and my parents have to come to stay with us in the city.
Whether or no， I like the spring festival. It is one of the most important part of our Chinese culture. However busy I am， I will try my best to celebrating it with the traditional way to protect those our ancestor has leave behind.
Far and away the most important holiday in China is Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year. To the Chinese people it is as important as Christmas to people in the West. The dates for this annual celebration are determined by the lunar calendar rather than the GREgorian calendar, so the timing of the holiday varies from late January to early February.
To the ordinary Chinese, the festival actually begins on the eve of the lunar New Year's Day and ends on the fifth day of the first month of the lunar calendar. But the 15th of the first month, which normally is called the Lantern Festival, means the official end of the Spring Festival in many parts of the country.
Spring Festival is the most importantand popular festival in China.Before Spring Festival ,the people usually clean and decorate their houses.And they go to the Flower Fairs to buy some flowers.During Spring Festival ,the adults usually give lucky money to children.People often get together and have a big meal.Some people eat dumpling for dinner.
The week-long Spring Festival holiday has just ended, and Chinese people enjoyed it in a great variety of ways. Some were in cities for temple fairs, some went north for ice-and-snow festivals, and some headed south to hot-spring resorts.
Temple fairs are a must for many Chinese during the Spring Festival, especially those with families. Just one such fair in Beijing received over a million tourists last week.
The attractions were diverse at temple fairs throughout the land.
"We come here for food."
"Performances are wonderful, and there are plenty of things to eat."
Meanwhile, some New-Year celebrants went north for ice-and-snow festivals, while others headed to hot-spring resorts in the south.
During the week-long holiday, tourist destinations received more than 300 million visitors, a sharp increase of more than 15% over last year.
But for those not in the mood for travel, going to the pictures was another option.
The Chinese box office took in more than 3 billion yuan at the box office last week, an increase of almost 70% over last year.
How time flies! Four moths have passed since we saw each other last time. I cannot helpbut miss you. You asked me about Chinese Spring Festival.
Now I would like to tell yousomething about it.The Spring Festival is a Chinese traditional festival. It is the most important and enjoyable one. A few days before the festival, houses are cleaned and red couplets are put up on the doors of every household. They are said to frighten away the ghosts. On that day, people are dressed up. Firecrackers ring out in the air, which adds to the atmosphere of the festival. People after a year’s hard work begin to relax and visit one another. Presents and dinners are given to celebrate the happy reunion of friends and relatives. Families get together. They have jiaozi and enjoy the New Year TV show. Customs may vary from place to place, but the same happy atmosphere is to be found everywhere in the country.
Now, I hope you have some idea of Chinese Spring Festival.
People carry out a lot of activities all over the country to welcome the Spring Festival. In the countryside， this kind of preparation starts from the beginning of 12th lunar month. All the families clean their houses， wash their clothes and bed sheets. Fresh new clothes and sheets commemorate the fresh New Year！ Special New Year purchases are also important parts of upcoming New Year. In the city， they celebrate the New Year with art teams performances， various entertainment parties， and the big parks hold temple fairs to provide， recreation， food and art！
There are different traditional customs in different parts of China， but the whole family having reunion dinner together in the New Year Eve is indispensable. In the South China， the reunion dinner usually has more than ten meals including bean curd and fish， because the pronunciation of these two meals means wealthy in Chinese language. In the North China， most of the reunion meals are dumplings， which are made and eaten by the whole family.