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Fifteen-day-long festivities of Chinese New Year begin
The Chinese New Year Spring Festival has begun from February 16 and after 15 days of current month of the luni-solar Chinese calendar; will mark the final day of the traditional celebrations. This year it is the Chinese Year of the Dog as per the calendar.

On Chinese New Year, colourful celebrations happened all over the world among the Chinese communities. The festival has kicked off in many countries around the world and more than 1.4 billion Chinese are having a big time. These is news of the celebration in the UK, US and Australia.

The lantern decorations and carrying lanterns to the worship places by children has become a common sight. The lanterns of complex and ornate designs are being in the markets. These days, animal-shaped lanterns can also be seen which are quite costly. However, red lanterns are often seen during the festivities in China and many families make their own lanterns with red paper and cloth with riddles written on them.

Young celebrants these days do a lot of dating and dining out. Among the Chinese community in big town the celebrations have been highly commercialised hospitality industry becomes buoyant for fifteen days.

During the spring festival, tangyuan is prepared and relished which is a rice ball filled with sweet red bean paste, sesame paste, or peanut butter. According to a Chinese belief, the round shape of the rice balls and the bowls in which they are served symbolize family togetherness and affectionate bonds.

Many Chinese families prepare and eat tangyuan at home to bring them happiness and good luck in the New Year. But, eating out and feasting has become more common among young Chinese these days.

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