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  • How to Celebrate Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is

  • celebrated throughout the world in late January or early February. Here’s how to celebrate.

  • You will need the correct date, traditional foods. new, red clothing, red envelopes and red paper lantern

  • Optional, firecrackers and drums and gongs (optional). Step 1. Find the next date of

  • Chinese New Year, which changes with the lunar cycle. Learn which of the 12 zodiac animals

  • is associated with that year's celebration. Step 2. Before the Chinese New Year arrives,

  • clean your house, and settle any outstanding debts with friends. According to tradition,

  • this helps the new year get off to a fresh start. Clean the headstones of deceased relatives

  • and friends to ensure spiritual favor. Step 3. Get together with friends and family on

  • the eve of Chinese New Year for a reunion dinner, a large, celebratory feast. Make a

  • batch of _nian gao_, steamed cakes made with rice flour, which are said to bring good luck.

  • Step 4. Buy new, red clothes to wear throughout the Chinese New Year celebration; the color

  • is considered lucky. Step 5. Give red envelopes filled with money to friends and relatives

  • to invite success and generosity into everyone's lives. Use an amount ending in 8, which is

  • particularly lucky in Chinese culture, and avoid the number 4. Step 6. Attend a Chinese

  • New Year parade, one of the most popular ways to celebrate the holiday's hopeful spirit.

  • You can also light firecrackers and bang drums and gongs to celebrate. Only use firecrackers

  • or fireworks under close supervision. Know the laws governing explosives where you live.

  • Step 7. On the 15th night of the new year, light a red paper lantern to mark the end

  • of the holiday. Then, wish your friends and family "_Gong Xi Fa Tsai_," and prepare for

  • 12 months of prosperity and luck. Did you know In 1980, the Chinese were the 10th-largest

  • immigrant group in the U.S.; by 2006, they had become the third-largest.

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