Wow! One year can go by so quickly.
If you don't know what the New Year means to the Chinese people, here's a great Wikipedia entry that explains almost everything you need to know: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_New_Year
This year is the year of the Rat and is welcomed as a bringer of material prosperity and a protector. You can read more about it here : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_%28zodiac%29
Here's to a good year!