The spring festival the lunar new year is the most important traditional national festival in China. It is called nian(年) in Chinese. As originally written. the Chinese character nian mean"harvest".
The celebration of the spring festival is more or less similar across the country. People set off firecrackers which enliven the festival and bring great joy to people especially to children.
During the spring festival the Chinese people eat a lot of good food. In north China, the most popular food is dumplings. In South China , for breakfast on New Year's Day , round rice glutinous dumplings are served to signify family reunion.