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Chinese family members share Chinese New Year's Eve's dinner together, in Shanghai, China, on February 13, 2010. The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is the most important Chinese holiday. It is the only occasion of the year when the whole family gets together, no matter what. And the most important part of Chinese New Year's Eve is the dinner every family has. Shared in a joyous atmosphere, the glorious dinner includes dozen of meals and lasts for hours. Chinese New Year's Eve is also the place for rituals: for instance, to burn offerings as gift to dead members of the family, or to offer 'red envelopes' full of crispy bank notes to younger generations. Photo by Lucas Schifres