Chinese New Year (observed by one-sixth of the world's population: that's HUGE!) is also known as Tet, Spring Festival, and Lunar New Year. Not only it is the first day of the year but it is everybody's birthday as Vietnamese do not acknowledge the day that they were born but they follow the lunar calendar of year they were born. The Romans began a tradition of exchanging gifts on New Year's Eve by giving one another branches from sacred trees for good fortune.
Mardi Gras is also referred to as Fat Tuesday and is celebrated in cities all around the world. Practice Saying ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai' with this cute boy dressed up in traditional Chinese New Year Costume. Chinese New Year is the most important event in the Chinese calendar and celebrates the start of a new lunar year, rather than a calendar year.
During the Chinese New Year's celebration, people participate in many traditional activities. On the seventh day of the seventh month of the Lunar calendar the Chinese celebrate Chinese Valentine's Day. In early February, the Chinese calendar leaves the Year of the Dog and initiates the Year of Lunar New Year Universal the Pig.
There is also a need for spending time with family and, hence, you will find a lot of young people visiting elders in the family. When cleaning is done, decorate the house with the Chinese New Year decoration, the auspicious home decoration in order to bring your family a prosperous and well being year.
The celebrations of Loy Krathong in Tak province is a celebration where the local custom is to thread coconut shell Krathongs together and float them in a candlelit chain down the Ping Riverin Amphoe Mueang Tak from the 200 year-old Rattanakosin Bridge.
In addition to this cycle of realignment, from ancient times the Chinese have associated each year with an animal which they consider to be auspicious and the characteristics and traits of these animals are said to be imparted to any newborn. During previous celebrations, my Chinese wife and I talked about our cultural customs and traditions while satisfying our taste buds by sampling dishes from China, Canada and Egypt.