Mark sure that you underlinedvocabulary first.
Chinese New Year starts with NewMoon on the first day of the new
year and ends onthe full moon 15 days later.the 15th day of the new
year us called theLantern Festival,which Chunese calrndar is dased
on acombination of lunar and solar movements.The lunar cycle is
about 29.5 days.In order to''catch up'' withthe solar calendar the
Chinese insert an estra month once every few years (seven years out
of a19-yearcycle).This is thesaneas adding an extra day on leap year.
This is why,according to the solar calendar,theChnese New Year falls
on a different date rach year.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair,
a time of reunion andthanksguving.The celebration was traditionally
higlighted with a rekigious ceremony given in honor Hravrn and
Earth,thegodsofthe household and the family ancestors.The sacrifice
to the ancestors,the most vital of all therituals,united the living
members with those who had assed away.Departed red relatives are
remembered withgreat respect because they were responsible for
laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family.
The presence of ancestrsacknowledged on New Year;s Eve with a
dunner arranged for them at the family danquet table.The spirits of
the ancestors,together with the living,celebeate theonset of the New
Year as one great community.The communal feast called
''surrounding the stove'' or weilu.It symbolizes family unity and
honors the past and present generations.