Chinese New Year was on Saturday January 28. The date is based on the lunar calendar. Unlike New Year's Day which marks January 1st, Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year. This year is the year of the rooster. You can read more about the twelve zodiac years here.
I, along with many of my Chinese friends, went home for the weekend since Chinese New Year fell on a Saturday. Some of my friends even flew home out of state. My family had a Chinese New Year's Eve dinner, with lobster, noodles, fish, sticky rice, and more (see picture below). Long noodles are supposed to bring happiness and longevity, and fish is supposed to bring prosperity. We also went to dim sum with my grandma and my uncle's family on Sunday morning. The restaurant hired lion dancers to perform (see picture below)! Lions represent power and wisdom. They bring good luck and chase away evil spirits.
Some other Chinese New Year traditions include: not cleaning or washing your hair because you will wash away good luck, wearing red clothing to bring good luck and chase away misfortune, and giving/receiving red envelopes with money (usually for the younger children). There are many more traditions and superstitions associated with Chinese New Year. If you are interested, you can read about some of them here. Happy Chinese New Year!