To fade away the worries of the previous year, there is no holiday more anticipated than the Chinese New Year. Harmoniously blending the seasonal festivals, creating a feeling of time and the custom culture, the Spring Festival which is extended by the traditional Chinese calendar is not only in pursuit of auspicious peace, but also a good time for people to celebrate together.
The “Spring Festival” is also called the “Chinese New Year” and “Great Year” which originally referred to the Beginning of Spring in Solar Terms. Later, it gradually signifies the important celebration from Chinese New Yearʼs Eve (the last day of the year) to Lantern Festival (the fifteenth day of next January). Especially on the January 1st to 5th of the lunar New Year, is the most intense period, commonly known as the Chinese New Year. Similar to the New Year, "Lunar New Year" is also the occasion for Taiwanese say goodbye to the old, in order to welcome a brighter future. The Spring Festival has numerous customs and also many "auspicious" arrangements. Itʼs like cleaning up before the Spring Festival, which means to get rid of the bad luck. In addition, the rice cakes symbolize promotion, give offering to gods for their blessing, red colour to attract good fortune, also spring couplets and firecrackers, can be found during the Spring Festival, adding a New Year atmosphere and an auspicious tradition. In addition, the Chinese New Yearʼs Eve family reunion dinner, red envelopes (gift money) and "stay up all night on New Yearʼs Eve"customs also imply happy reunion and prayer for peace and longevity. Furthermore, the first day of the lunar year people will visit their relatives and friends. On the second day of the lunar year, families will go to married woman’s parent’s house. The fourth day of the lunar year will be the greeting of the god of wealth. On the fifth day of the lunar year, it will be the opening of the market and other customs. These customs deeply express the feelings of the Chinese world for the past year and the positive outlook for the future, and elaborate on the warmest and sweetest feelings of each personʼs memories.