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    Celebrating Chinese New Year

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    Lunar New Year Painted Water Melons


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Australian DavidFullard spotted these beautiful melons in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, that had been painstakingly hand decorated in preparation for Chinese New Year celebrations. "They do all sorts over here to celebrate the Lunar New Year, but this is the first time I've seen watermelon's decorated in this way," he said.

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    These are water melons and other fruits that have been painted with glitter for the Chinese New Year celebrations in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
    Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.


    Every family believes they must thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any bad fortune and make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red and gold.


    On the Eve of Chinese New Year, dinner is a feast with families getting together. Food eaten includes pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies. The family will end the night with firecrackers. Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.


    Chinese New Year is on February 10 this year.


    Happy New Year.

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