CHINESE NEW YEAR (February 8, 2016)
Chinese New Year is the most important celebration of the year. Legend says that Buddha asked all the animals to come, and 12 did. Buddha named each year after each animal. The people born on that year would have the animal's personality. This is called Chinese Zodiacs.
On Chinese New Year, people wear red clothes, give children "luck money" in red envelopes, and decorate their house with red. Red is believed to frighten evil spirits, symbolizing fire.
Diwali (November 11, 2016)
As the festival of lights celebrated by Indians , it spans for 5 days and is the most important holiday in India. Long time ago, Diwali marked the last harvest, but today, it marks the new financial year.
On Diwali, Hindus seek blessings from Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of Wealth. They believe that Lakshmi is looking for homes where she will be welcomed. Hindus open their windows and light their clay lamps to invite the goddess.