let me sum it up.
Pay, respect, tour.
pay: it begin from a few days before the real new year day( the 3rd) coming. ppl are very busy for cleaning house , to shoping, buy lots of foods for the coming weeks.
respects: to bow down respect one's anciestors who passaway, and also living olders like grandparents, parents. also including going to budhudist temple for prayers to ask the fortune for the whole years.
tour: at the end of the new year tasks, after finished doing paying, respectations.
and itz come to the end of the festival,. so itz time to parties. going out, hanging out with family, travel, or activities....(depends on each families)
good luck ! & bless you happy lunar new year 2011