On January 26th 2009 (Indonesian time) the Chinese people around the world celebrate the Chinese New Year 2560th (old enough I think). It's sometimes called the Lunar New Year. Following tradition, at the night (one day before the first day new year) all family members gather together for dinner and usually the chosen venue will be near or at the home of the most senior member of the family. After dinner, usually followed by giving the red envelop (Hong Bao in Mandarin; Angpau in Indonesian) from married couples or the elderly to unmarried juniors, and the juniors give respect by saying the hope for health, happiness, and long-aged to the elderly. Prayer at the temples and visiting the other elderly relatives is the next schedules.
In Indonesia, I noted that since the era of President Abdurrahman Wahid (also known as Gus Dur), the Chinese culture such as Barongsai performance, the use of Chinese characters, and the use of Chinese red lantern as decorations has been getting wider space in front of public. This made possible since President Abdurrahman Wahid has removed Instruksi Presiden (Inpres) No.14 Tahun 1967 (Presidential Instruction No.14 Year 1967), and replaced with Keppres No.6 Tahun 2000 (Presidential Decree No.6 Year 2000). Further-more, the Chinese New Year (in Indonesian called Imlek) has officially become a national holiday, not a tentatively holiday anymore. You will see that this holiday has marked with RED COLOR within Indonesian calendar.
Happy Chinese New Year 2560 - Gong Xi Fa Cai