BEIJING, Feb. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Making phone calls and sending mobile phone text messages will be two prime forms for Chinese to express New Year's good wishes at the Spring Festival -- the lunar New Year on traditional Chinese calendar.
A report produced by the Social Survey Institute of China (SSIC) said po
stcards, telephones, short message service (SMS), the Internet will supplement the traditional ways, such as visiting from door to door, to exchange holiday greetings.
According to the report, with repetitions included, 79 percent of the respondents surveyed by SSIC said they preferred making phone calls to express New Year's good wishes and 61 percent chose sending mobile phone text messages. Only 47 percent of the respondents favored visits.
Twenty-two percent of the respondents said they would try e-mail or online video display gadgets to convey New Year's greetings to friends, relatives or lovers, said the report.
Spring Festival, which falls on Wednesday, February 9 this year, is the most important festival for people of Chinese origin. It is an occasion for reunions of family members.
Traditionally, during Spring Festival, people walk long distance to see their senior relatives or friends, expressing good wishes for the New Year.