"BOOM!" Big sound echoed through in a city in China. I was frightened and thought there's going to be a war or something. In fact, it was sound of firework during 'Chunjie' in China. 'Chunjie' is one of the biggest holidays in China, and Chinese people celebrate it very magnificently.
Chunjie is a holiday celebrating the lunar New Year, and wish everyone happy. Its origin was from China, as an agrarian country, people pray for a year of good crops. Today, China has vacation for a week during the 'Chunjie', and it's an important time for family reunion and delicious foods.
On lunar December 30th, the whole family gathers around and eats 'nianyefan' which means 'the final meal before the New Year.' People also prepare spoons and chopsticks for the people who weren't able to make it home, so they can express their family's harmony. After they eat dinner, they make 'jiaozi', dumplings until the sunrise. They also play games or watch TV together and wait until the New Year's sun to rise.
When the sun rises, the firework begins. The firework is for kicking out the vicious evils. It also inspires a cheerful atmosphere for 'Chunjie'. However, these days, firework is banned in some big cities like Beijing, because it causes so much air pollution and fire accidents. After the firework, family greets each other bowing. The elders often give children money in red envelopes. It means giving them full luck, since 'red' means good luck in China.
Every year, billion people in all around China move to visit their home and meet their family. It is the most important holiday for Chinese people. Although celebrating 'Chunjie' is becoming more simple and short, but it's still a good chance for Chinese people to meet their family and eat delicious foods together.