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Lunar New Year celebrations in full swing

Lunar New Year: 2016 of the Money

The Lunar New Year Event is the most celebrated festival in China and dates back an estimated 4000 years in history. The Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is marked by the Lunisolar Chinese Calendar that works differently from the Western Calendar.

The festival takes 15 days, beginning the day before the 1st  day of Lunar New Year and lasts until the 15th day which is called the Lantern festival. Being the longest and most traditional festival in the Chinese culture, most families use this time to reunite, similar to western culture of meeting family during the festive season (Christmas and New Year season). Chinese New Year celebrations are held all over the world.

China’s 1.3 billion people travel long distances from their work or school cities to their hometowns. This then causes a travel rush, known as “Spring Festival Travel Rush” or “Chunyun” in China. The rush usually begins about 10 to 15 days prior to the Lunar New Year and ends 15 days after the Lantern Festival. This is the biggest annual migration in the world. Chinese companies increase all forms of transport to ease travel strains on passengers, particularly trains and buses.

Unlike the western zodiac that has 12 zodiac signs a year, the Chinese Zodiac sign has a time length of one year. The signs are characterized by 12 animals. This year marks the year of the Monkey and is the ninth animal in the cycle.

People born in the year of the Monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028. Their personality is described to be curious, honest, lively, smart yet mischievous.

Famous people who fall under the Monkey sign are; Leonardo da Vince, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks Christina Ricci, Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Douglas,  Miley Cyrus and Julius Caesar just to name a few.

Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world

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