It is traditional to light fireworks on the first day of festivities, to chase away evil spirits.
Red packages are sometimes given to relatives at family dinners. They often contain gifts of money in amounts that are considered to reflect good luck.
Dragon and lion dances are common during Chinese New Year. It is thought that the colourful masks and beat of the drums will ward off bad spirits.
After fifteen days the Chinese New Year celebrations end with the Lantern Festival.