Chinese New Year marks the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. The date changes from year to year. This year, it starts on February 12th, marking the start of the Year of the Ox. The celebration lasts for seven days, but typically families gather on Chinese New Year’s Eve for a big, celebratory dinner that is considered the most important meal of the celebration. Many of the foods hold symbolic meaning and while fish and meat are traditionally a big part of that, everything can be made vegan.