We weren't involved in the celebrations to welcome the Chinese New Year (the year of the snake, more particularly the water snake), which began on 10 February.
However, we did watch some of the colourful celebrations on TV.
I notice that one of the traditions associated with this event is to thoroughly cleane the house before the new year,
in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming
luck Apparently, it is believed the cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding
year and makes the home ready for good luck. Brooms and dust pans are
put away on the first day because you don't clean the house once the new year starts, to avoid sweeping all your good luck out the front door.
The traditional practices of lighting fireworks and burning bamboo sticks is to chase off evil spirits.
Some believe that the second day of the year is also the birthday of all dogs and so they remember them with special treats!