Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring festival, is the longest of all Chinese holidays. Chinese New Year 2013 will be celebrated with great fanfare in all across the East and South-East Asia. According to the predictions of the Chinese calendar, 2012 has been the Year of the Dragon. Happy New Year in Chinese calendar begins on the first day of the month and ends on the 15th day with the Lantern Festival. China New Year holiday 2013 starts from January 23. Chinese New Year date is based on the astronomical observation that in turn is based on the movement of the sun, moon and the stars. In China, New Year holiday is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Chinese New Year is celebrated prominently in some other countries such as the USA, Canada, and Australia. People celebrate Chinese New year with great enthusiasm by cleaning the houses, decorating the surroundings, cooking elaborate feasts, spending time with friends and relations, and bursting fire crackers.