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Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year’s Day celebrations depend on the Chinese traditional country almanac and take place between the 20th and 21st February each year. It starts with the new moon of the year’s first month.

Although in China the Gregorian calendar has finally become officially valid, the New Years Day is still celebrated today in accordance to the moon calendar and done in traditional ways. There are officially three days off for the people, the celebrations last until the 15th day of the New Year and will end with the lantern feast.  

In 2005, the New Year starts on February 9. The Chinese calendar began already with year 2637 BC, thus making it to the world’s longest calendar still in use.
Each Chinese year is assigned to an animal. There are altogether 12 Chinese signs of the zodiac.

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