15 Chinese New Year Fun Facts
Feb20

15 Chinese New Year Fun Facts

We are now in the middle of Chinese New Year, which is 19-21 February this year. 2015 is the year of the goat. However, there is a bit of confusion among non-Chinese celebrants as the character for goat, lamb, ram and sheep is the same: 羊 To help you get into the spirit of things here are 15 fun facts about this holiday that you may not know. 1. The Chinese New Year doesn’t always fall on the same date China adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1912, but this holiday is based on the ancient Chinese, or lunar, calendar. Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after winter solstice (somewhere between January 21st and February 19th). This year, Chinese New Year is February 19. 2. The new year is China’s most important holiday It’s also China’s longest: The holiday is observed for 15 days. Technically, only the first three days are a statutory holiday, but most Chinese citizens will have the time from New Year’s Eve to the sixth day off from work. 3. San Francisco holds the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of China The California gold rush of 1849 brought many people to the West Coast, including Chinese immigrants who worked on the railroads. Eager to share their culture with other Californians, these immigrants adopted the American tradition of a parade to celebrate their New Year. Since then, the event has become extremely popular—over a million people are expected to attend the parade this...

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