Before one week of the festival, most people are getting ready for it. This is the winter in China, so it is not common to see people playing outside, but they play indoor games like mahjong. Chinese people don’t have special times to start the new year activities, such as eating and doing transactions first time for the new year. So usually they make a big meal for dinner or lunch and eat with all family members and then start to celebrate the new year with fireworks.
From the second day of the new year, people start to visit their relatives with gifts. But at the present, most people usually give money instead of gifts. The picture you see above is something special. Chinese people offer this food to god and pray for success and good health in the new year. During this prayer, they burn incense and firecrackers.