1. According to Chinese tradition, staying up all night and lighting firecrackers is a must on the eve of Spring Festival. People believe that the firecrackers drive away demons and bad luck for the coming year.
stay up all night 通宵守岁；light firecrackers 放鞭炮；drive away 赶走
2. When the aroma of zongzi is in the air, you know it’s time for Dragon Boat festival, which falls on the fifth day of the fifth month of the lunar calendar.
in the air 在空气中弥漫；lunar calendar 农历
3. Nowadays each family member picks his or her favorite moon cake. In ancient times, however, one cake was cut into pieces that were distributed to different family members.
pick [meaning choose] 挑选；distribute 分发
The Mid-Autumn Festival
The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. No matter how far away they are from home, Chinese people try their best to get back for a family reunion on this day.
One special food eaten during the festival is the moon cake. Nowadays, moon cakes represent people’s wishes to reunite during the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a celebration of the harvest at this time of year.
During this holiday, apart from eating moon cakes and admiring the full moon at night and drinking wine to celebrate their lives or toasting to their loved ones far away, different regions have their own customs such as traveling and visiting relatives or friends.