Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the most important holiday in Chinese culture.

On the first 15 days of the lunar calendar year, extended families gather together to exchange gifts, including money and food.

As part of tradition, everyone shares New Years greetings. These well-known phrases (written in tiles) describe common wishes (shown on lanterns). Hover over the objects to learn more.

Drawn by Sarina Chen

Happy Chinese New Year!