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    Hey International Lounge :hello:

    It's Chinese New Year tomorrow and we want to know if you have any interesting facts, traditions or information about Chinese New Year that people may not know! It could be anything - I thought this might make an interesting conversation as traditions can be really cool.

    I read that some people go to impressive lengths to avoid a year of bad luck, for example some people believe they mustn't clean the house or wash their hair for at least three days after CNY as it will wash away good luck!

    This new year is based on the Lunar Calender (calculated using moon activity), which was the calender used by the Chinese people since ancient times, all the way up to the Republic of China era, where the Solar Calender was introduced and replaced the old timer as the official calender. Although the Lunar Calender has always been kept and is still vital in all aspects of the Chinese society.

    Wow I'm from China and what I usually do is kind of the exactly opposite as what you read...... We usually clean and tidy up our houses thoroughly, get a new hair cut or wear some new clothes before new year

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    There is a traditional song shows people how to prepare for Spring Festival a week earlier . Since Chinese Spring Festival is based in Lunar Calendar , all the dates in the song are lunar dates as well .

    二十三,糖瓜粘; Dec. 23rd. , making Tang Gua Candy
    二十四,扫房子; Dec.24th. , dusting the house thoroughly
    二十五,磨豆腐; Dec.25th. , making Tofu
    二十六,炖大肉; Dec.26th. , boiling meet
    二十七,宰公鸡; Dec.27th. , getting chicken ready
    二十八,把面发; Dec.28th. , preparing dough
    二十九,蒸馒头; Dec. 29th. , steaming buns
    三十晚上闹一宿; Dec. 30th. , celebrating whole night long
    大年初一扭一扭。 Jan. 1st. , singing and dancing

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    Above is the picture of Tang Gua Candy , it is an old sticky candy , shapes like garlic .

    With the living condition becomes better and better , people get much lazier than before , all the things they can buy from supermarket ; even the new year dinner , many families choose to eat in fancy restaurants .
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