Chinese New Year is an annual celebration that marks the start of the new year according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. The Chinese calendar consists of both Gregorian and lunar-solar calendar systems. Because the track of the new moon changes from year to year, Chinese New Year will always fall between late January and mid-February. For 2015 Chinese New Year is February 19th. Each Chinese new year is represented by 1 of the 12 Chinese Zodiac creatures, 2015 is the year of the Sheep (Goat or Ram). People like the Sheep (Goat or Ram) the most among the Zodiac Animals, they are very gentle and calm in nature.
Chinese New Year decorations consist of lanterns, cherry blossoms, orange-trees and lots of red colour. A very important aspect of celebrating Chinese New Year is the reunion dinner that is held on the eve of the New Year. Family members come together usually in the parents or eldest brother’s home to celebrate. The dinner is very lavish and consists of multiple courses. Gift giving is also an important part of Chinese New Year and the most common gifts that are given amongst family, colleagues and business contacts are those of boxes of oranges or live orange trees. If you are looking for gift giving ideas for Chinese New Year, sweets, fruit baskets and orchids are great gifts for this occasion. Chocolate candy gift baskets or fresh fruit baskets would be very appropriate for gift giving as well as orchid plants.