Airports, railway stations and long-distance bus stations are all crowded with home returnees. Why are they so eagerto gohome? Well, they all go for to celebrate the Spring Festival with their families together. Spring Festival is the biggest festival in China, it's a day for the family members to reunite, it takes place on the first day of the lunar calendar. People often prepare the festival weeks before.
To get ready for it, people are busy doing their Spring Festival shopping. They buy spring couplets to paste them on the gateposts for good fortune. And various food is also prepared. For instance, they buy "jiaozi", dumplings for the Spring Festival Eve dinner. The shape of the dumplings is like "yuanbao", which is the ancient money, so eating dumplings symbolizes the wealth of life. Hot pots and fish are also included in the Spring Festival Eve dinner. What's more, new clothes are also necessary to welcome the new year.
On Spring Festival Eve, families reunite and have dinner together. For those who rarely go home, the eve is a precious time for them to chat with parents and relatives. They toast with each other to give best wishes. Children are delighted to receive the "red envelope", which contains money, from the elders. Then, at 8 o'clock, families sit on the sofa to watch the program of Spring Festival Gala Evening together. They often burst out laughter because of the brilliant performance. On 12 o'clock, beautiful fireworks are burned to welcome the new day of the year.
The next day after the Spring Festival Eve, people often visit relatives and friends, it is called" pay a new year call." They chat about the past year, and give each other best wishes for the next year. Despite that, people also offer sacrifices to gods or ancestors, hoping peace and wealth for the coming new year. The sacrificial offerings are often seen as pigs, chickens, ducks and fishes. As there is one week Spring Festival holiday, nowadays go traveling also becomes a good choice for people.
Although during the Spring Festival people are busy doing shopping, preparing the eve dinner and visiting relatives, it often ends with the precious memory leaving to everyone. Actually it's a moving moment for families to reunite, pour out stories that happen during the whole year, and give best wishes to the beloved ones.