Chinese New Year 2014
The Chinese New Year public holiday lasts three days but celebrations take place for 15 days. Reuters

Friday 31 January will mark the most important date in the Chinese calendar – Chinese New Year.

A bright and colourful festival that is steeped in tradition and celebrated just as much across the world as it is in China, Chinese New Year New lands on the first day of the lunar month and continues for 15 days, when the moon is full.

What is interesting about the Chinese New Year is that unlike most New Year celebrations in the rest of the world, the date which it falls on changes each time.

But did you know the other amazing facts about Chinese New year - for example, why people traditionally keep all windows and doors open on the stroke of midnight, or why you should avoid scissors on New Year's Day?

Take a look through the infograph below to discover 50 amazing facts about Chinese New Year.

Chinese New Year 2014
Chinese New Year, also known as the spring festival, is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. Reuters
Chinese New Year 2014
A giant lantern depicting a horse is seen among Chinese New Year decorations at Yuyuan Garden, in downtown Shanghai Reuters