Today is Chinese New Year! We have stepped into the Year of the Dog. It is estimated that a quarter of the world will be celebrating this spring festival today. It is such a large holiday that usually employees get a week off work. Traditionally, spring cleaning happens a week before the New Year to welcome in the new things that will be brought in throughout the next year. Today, people celebrate with lots of the colour red, including red envelopes that hold money, lanterns, and fireworks. It is common for people to have a meal with family and stay up late to bring in the new year together. The festival lasts for 15 days, up until the beginning of the Lantern Festival.
Happy Chinese New Year!