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Chinese New Year of the Dragon

Today China has stepped into a Lunar New Year 2012 rounding their traditional Spring festival.

  Author: TheDude | Source: wikipedia.org | 23rd January 2012  

Chinese New Year is their most important traditional holiday, also known as Spring Festival, which marks the end of the winter season. It lasts for 15 days, during a new moon, until the 15th day on the full moon, making it  the longest festivity in Chinese calendar, orginating from centuries ago.

Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries where Chinese population is significantly presented, such as Mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and of course Chinatowns allover the world.

Chinese New Year is often referred as Lunar New Year, because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, which means it's date indicates both moon phase and the time of the solar year.

According to Chinese' zodiac, 2012 will be the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is the most powerful of the 12 signs, bringing the high energy, prosperity, change and mobility. It awakes positive emotions in people and as such brings hope for better tomorrow. Considering all this, it should be another great year for the Chinese.

Chinese New Year 2012 celebrations in Hong Kong.

Gong Xi Fa Ca! its a traditional Chinese New Year greeting, meaning "Wishing you prosperity” in Mandarin.

Gong Xi Fa Ca to all of you!


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KimmyK, 23rd Jan 2012, 4:00 AM
Thanks for the info, didn't know that.
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Erco, 24th Jan 2012, 10:47 AM
The Lunar New year is also present in Vietnam and some other countries around China. So, for all those who stepped into the New Year yesterday:

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