In the country I lived in, people would gather together to celebrate the passing of the Chinese new year, and there are plenty of interesting traditions to follow, which is rather fun and, most important of all, the meaning of it.
During Chinese New Year, everyone would try their best to go back to the old houses where their parents live before the last day of lunar calendar, and make it for the family reunion dinner, there meals serving at that night must have some good meanings in them, most of them have the similar sound with fortunate words.
After the feast, the elders in the family would have their red envelopes prepared, and the kids would gather, sincerely say something to wish their beloved elder healthy, wealthy, long -lived and happiness, then they would get their red envelopes, which contains their lucky money. It is said you should keep them under your pillow, and they would keep you lucky and safe for a whole year.
After an joyful night, while adults go to bed and have some sleep, their children keeps awake very late, sometimes even the whole night, why was that? It is said that on this day, children stays up at night is a way to keep their loving ones long-lived, which is quite becomes a perfect excuse for kids to not to sleep and have fun with their siblings all night long.
In the period of Chinese New Year, people would frequently visit their friends and relatives, which helps people to connect, though we often been too busy to have chats with them, it's a great chance to keep relationships stronger.
Every year I expect the coming of Chinese New Year. Growing up in a small family in the city, these kinds of event always make me happy, it reminds me how lucky I am to have so many loving family members, and I really think foreign people can try to live this once.