Chinese New Year (Chinese Spring Festival) is the most important traditional festival, and every family in China celebrates it. It is an official public holiday, and most Chinese people have about 8-10 days off work.
The first day of the 2015 Chinese New Year is on February 19, 2015. This day is a new moon day and is also the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar.
This year, Chinese New Year begins on February 19th and ends on March 5th.
The Chinese lunar calendar is associated with the Chinese zodiac, and each animal in the Chinese zodiac represents a year in a 12-year-cycle. This year is the year of the sheep, and it comes 8th in the cycle. The 12 zodiac animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
Chinese people celebrate eight traditional Chinese festivals, which are Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Lantern Festival, QingMing Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Double Seventh Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, ChongYang Festival, and Winter Solstice.