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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Happy New Year 2013!

The Chinese New Year is one of the most important traditional holidays in China. It is also known as the "Spring Festival" in China.  Because the Chinese calender is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year.  The New Year falls on Sunday February 10.  It will mark the end of the year of the dragon and mark the year of the snake.  The Vietnamese New Year (Tet), Korean new year, Japanese new year, Mongolian new year, and Tibetian new year also fall on the same day.
Regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the new year vary widely.  People will spend a lot of money to buy presents, decoration, material, food and clothing.  It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. On the eve of the new year, families have a big feast dinner with food including pigs, ducks, chicken and sweet delicacies.  Early the next morning, children will greet their parents by wishing them a healthy and happy new year, and receive money in red paper envelopes.  The new year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

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