An important activity during the Spring Festival bainian (to pay a New Year call). People start to pay New Year calls from the lunar New Year's Day, that , the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar. Ever since the Ming Dynasty in the 14th century, ordinary people have begun to exchange greeting cards on th day.
On the morning of the lunar New Year's Day, people get up very early and call on others. The earlier one does so, the more sincere he . Moreover, people wear new clothes and a new cap, symbolizing that a new year has begun.
The younger generation should call on their elders first, such as the grandfather, grandmother, father and mother, whing them "Good health" and "Long life". Then the elders give children some money in a red envelope as a New Year gift. After that, people call on their relatives, friends and neighbors. As "big tangerine" a homonym for "very lucky" in Chinese, so people often present red big tangerines as a gift while paying a New Year call.
Nowadays, besides greeting cards, people also use telephones and e-mails to pay New Year calls.
My spring is the happiest time.I have lots of spare time to read books,listen to music and surf the internet .I also like setting out the workfire because it's interesting and fun.I can visit relatives and friends.We always have a good time together.
Waking up on New Year， everybody dresses up。 First they extend greetings to their parents。 Then each child will get money as a New Year gift， wrapped up in red paper。 People in northern China will eat jiaozi， or dumplings， for breakfast， as they think "jiaozi" in sound means "bidding farewell to the old and ushering in the new"。 Also， the shape of the dumpling is like gold ingot from ancient China。 So people eat them and wish for money and treasure。
Southern Chinese eat niangao (New Year cake made of glutinous rice flour) on this occasion， because as a homophone， niangao means "higher and higher， one year after another。" The first five days after the Spring Festival are a good time for relatives， friends， and classmates as well as colleagues to exchange greetings， gifts and chat leisurely。
China has 56 ethnic groups。 Minorities celebrate their Spring Festival almost the same day as the Han people， and they have different customs。