Students prepare the previous week to celebrate the Chinese New Year, which occurs on Monday, January 26, 2009. The coming Chinese lunar year will be 4706, the Year of the Ox (Yi Chou) on the Chinese calendar.
In addition to the celebration on the first day of the Chinese New Year, there is the Lantern Festival, which comes on the 15th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year. The highlight of Lantern Festival is the Dragon Dance. In the United States, the Dragon Dance is scheduled for a weekend and is usually less than two weeks after the first day of the New Year