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The custom of the Spring Festival
A: Hi, Jon, how are you?
B: Not bad, what about you?
A: Very excited, I will return to my hometown for Spring Festival very soon.
B: Good for you.
A: Finally I can go back to stay together with parents, relatives, and old friends.
B: How long is your holiday?
A: 18 days, from Feb.8 to Feb. 26.
B: How will you spend your holiday?
A: Well, almost about visiting relatives, dining and wining. But there are many interesting customs, you know, it's our most important Festival in China. just like Christmas in the West.
B: How will you celebrate your Spring Festival?
A: Different places in China have different way of celebration, but all our wishes are same, wish family members and friends to be healthy and lucky during next year.
B: Yes, same here.
A: We started to prepare for the Spring Festival on Feb. 8th, it is the 23rd of the twlfth month in Lunar Calendar, which we called “Small New Year”, but in some other part of China, 24th is the “Small New Year”.
Everybody buys a lot of things like new clothes and shoes, gifts for friends and relatives, also food including fish and meat, fruit, candies etc.
B: You have so many things to do.
A: Yes. Before Spring Festival, we will do some house cleaning and decorate our house. We will paste couplets on doors.
B: Couplets, I saw that before on TV.
A: On New Year's Eve, all of our family members stay together, and have a big dinner full of many delicious foods.
We eat 'Nian Gao', made of glutinous rice flour, it means 'up and up every year', and we also have dumpling, it means wealth because its shape looks like “Gold ingot” .
After the big dinner, we went out to set firecrackers. Many children like it a lot.
At 20:00pm, we stay together to watch Spring Festival Gala, and chat happily.
When clock strikes 12 o'clock, that is beginning of New Year, fireworks start again to celebrate this big moment.
B: That must be fantastic.