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tiē chūn lián
贴春联
Post a spring couplet. On the eve of the Spring Festival, every household will post on their door a spring couplet written on red paper creating a happy and prosperous environment for the Festival. In the past, the Chinese often wrote their own spring couplet with a brush or asked others to doit it for them; nowadays it is common for people to buy a printed spring couplet in the market.

 

fàng biān pào
放鞭炮
Set off firecrackers. Lighting firecrackers, which is meant to bid farewell to the old year and usher in the new, is a very important activity during the Spring Festival.

 

nián yè fàn
年夜饭
Chinese New Year's Eve dinner

 

yā suì qián
压岁钱
Money given to children as a lunar New Year gift for good luck; gift money; lucky money

 

guò nián
过年
Celebrate the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival

 

chú xī
除夕
Chinese New Year's Eve, which is on December 31, and on the final day of the lunar year which is the day before Chinese New Year's Day.

 

shŏu suì
守岁
Stay up late on Chinese New Year's Eve

 

bài nián
拜年
Pay a New Year call; pay a New Year's visit and give New Year's greetings

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