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The 2016 Chinese Lunar New Year Day is on February 8, 2016.
A party always needs food and decoration. The food should be the traditional food for Chinese New Year eve. The decoration should be the arrangement for Chinese New Year day.
Chinese New Year Day is the first day of the first lunar month of Chinese calendar year. The Chinese new year day is always between January 20 to February 20 of the Gregorian calendar each year. The preparation to celebrate the Chinese New Year festival begins around 8th day of 12th lunar month. The last day of the Chinese New Year festival is on the 15th day of first lunar month. That means it's required about three weeks to prepare the festival and 15 days to celebrate it. Traditionally, a Chinese man works outside for living and his wife takes care everything inside home. A month is not long enough for a housewife to clean entire house, put new interior and exterior decoration, prepare new clothes and gifts for all family members, and food for many events. You can image that Chinese New Year festival combines Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year Day together.... more in the followings.
There are many varieties of Chinese New Year greeting card sites. So find a nice card you like for your party.
One easy decoration is to use red ribbon to wrap around the branches of the
Also, buy some Chinese lucky characters (paper or plastic) and paste them upside down.
Where to find them? Chinese supermarkets, Chinese book stores or Chinese gift shops.
Where to find them? Chinese restaurant, Chinese supermarkets or ask Chinese friends to prepare some.
The party won't be successful without any music. Download Chinese New Year music MP3 and burn them into CD. Repeatedly play them during the party.
Sample of Happy New Year Songs and Lion Dancing Music are at Chinese New Year Songs and Music page.
A big party needs to prepare some entertainment.
Movie: Iron Monkey (Dubbed in English PG13) - A movie with many Chinese Culture, Humor and Excellent Fight Choreography. Don't buy a wrong version!
Play Mah-Jong game without gambling - Ask Chinese friends how to play. To find the game ($30) from Chinese supermarket, book store or shop from Internet.
Chinese New Year Party must prepare lucky money in red envelopes for children. Actually adults like red envelopes, too.
Where to find them? Chinese supermarkets and Chinese book stores about one month before Chinese New Year
Parents always teach younger generation what should do it during the Chinese New Year to bring the good luck and prevent from the bad luck.
The last day of the Chinese New Year festival is the Lantern Festival, which is on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The variety of Lantern displays, sky lantern, firecracker, fireworks are celebrated in many major cities.
Chinese supermarkets can find small version of traditional night paper lanterns.