Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year – often called Chinese Lunar New Year – is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is an all East and South-East-Asia celebration. In China it is known as "Spring Festival,". It marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western carnival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as "Eve of the Passing Year."

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunisolar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

Young students celebrate Chinese New Year by presenting calligraphy “fu” in Times Square, New York. “Fu” means blessing, good fortune and good luck in Chinese. More than 1.1 million public elementary and high school students took their first-ever Chinese New Year's Day off for the Year of the Monkey.

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