In China, New Year's eve is the start of the 15-day celebration. It starts with a family feast called a reunion dinner filled with traditional Lunar New Year foods. It usually ends with the Lantern Festival.
But the Lunar New Year isn’t the same as Chinese New Year. In the U.S., the Lunar New Year is most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year, the American version of China’s 15-day long festivities.
These days, in mainland China, almost everyone refers to the new year as the Spring Festival. Everywhee else, they still call it 'new year.'
Spring Festival is a weeklong holiday in the People's Republic of China. In 2021, it is February 11-17. The travel period before that holiday is known as Chunyun, where millions of people trek home to celebrate the new year with their extended families. It is the largest human migration on the planet.
Traditional dances and gymnastic performances are part of a Lunar New Year parade.
Attracting good fortune into the next year and warding off bad luck.is a big theme of the holiday.
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