Chinese New Year of the Dog (2018), also known as the Spring Festival, or simply the Lunar New Year, in modern China, is an important Chinese festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th. day of the first calendar month. The Chinese New Year festival is centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and customs. Traditionally, the festival was a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Lunar New Year is celebrated in numerous Asian countries and territories, including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, and the Philippines. Lunar New Year is considered a major holiday for the Chinese and has had strong influence on the lunar new year celebrations of its geographic neighbours. Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Lunar New Year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Lunar New Year's Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red color paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of "good fortune" or "happiness", "wealth", and "longevity". Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes. Chinese love to eat during the annual festivals as everyone is fully aware and we truly enjoy different tastes and flavours all the time as variations are the spice of life but generally food plays a very important roll during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). Here are some top Chinese New Year lucky foods and their symbolism but they are not all pictured in traditional style and presentations below: Noodles – happiness and longevity. Dumplings and spring rolls – wealth. Tangyuan (sweet rice balls) – family togetherness. Niangao (glutinous rice cake) – higher income or status. Tangerines and oranges – fullness and wealth. Fish – an increase in prosperity.