In modern China, Chinese New Year is a celebrated public holiday, and working professionals usually enjoy 7 days of time off, including the weekend.
After the family reunion and observation of certain traditions, some modern Chinese families may make use of the public holiday as an opportunity to visit tourist destinations.
In addition, a lunar month is around two days shorter than a solar month.
As such, in order to "catch up" with the solar calendar, an extra month is inserted every few years.
The holiday is a time for gifts to children and for family gatherings with large meals, just like Christmas in Europe and in other Christian areas.
Unlike Christmas, the children usually get gifts of cash in red envelopes (hongbao) and not toys or clothes.
Instead, they gave names to eras (groups of years) any time they wanted.
Since they still changed its number at every new year festival, the first year of a new era might only be a few days long.
Its 7th day used to be used instead of birthdays to count people's ages in China.
The holiday is still used to tell people which "animal" of the Chinese zodiac they are part of.