This past weekend, revelers around the world celebrated Lunar New Year, universally known as “Chinese New Year.” It is one of the most significant and longest festivals in the Chinese calendar, lasting for 15 days and culminating in the Lantern Festival. The cheery festivities span the globe, with fireworks and parades celebrating the Year of the Snake everywhere, from Manhattan to Manila.
The Chinese New Year is determined each year by the lunar calendar, a calendar used in many countries that have been influenced by Han Chinese culture, including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. By the Gregorian calendar, Chinese New Year falls each year sometime between January and February. It denotes the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
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