Wherever they are, people are expected to be home to celebrate the festival with their families.Like people waiting in New York Time Square to see the ball dropping, Chinese people have the custom of staying up late on Chinese New Year's Eve to welcome the new year's arrival.One of the most famous traditional greetings for Chinese New Year is the Cantonese kung hei fat choi, literally ‘greetings, become rich’. Now people eat out for Chinese New Year, send e-money, and greet with instant messages on We Chat (the most popular app in China).
Most public decoration is done a month before, but home decoration is traditionally done on Chinese New Year's Eve.
As 2020 will be a year of the Rat, decorations related to rats will be commonly seen.
These foods are eaten during the 16-day festive season, and particularly for the New Year's Eve family reunion dinner.
The luckiest Chinese New Year foods (and their symbolic meanings) are: The Top 11 Chinese New Year Desserts.
It's believed that what something looks like (color, shape), and what its name sounds like, gives it auspicious or ill-fated properties.
Food for the New Year emphasizes lucky symbolic meanings such as fish, which sounds like the Chinese word for 'surplus'.
Also see when transport will be overloaded and when local customs are due to happen.
In China people are becoming less superstitious, but Chinese people traditionally believe that the year's start affects the whole year, so the Chinese Spring Festival is a season of superstitions.
Over the centuries new traditions were added and celebrations became more entertainment-orientated. However, it is also the busiest time of the year on China's transportation network.
So, you might want to avoid the transport stress or seek out China's New Year culture, or both...