Lunar New Year Celebrations Begin in China

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The Chinese New Year is a holiday celebrating the beginning of a new year according to the Chinese calendar, and its dates change every year. The holiday is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, since it’s based on the lunar calendar.

Every new year is represented by one of 12 animals – Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. 2020 is a year of the Rat.

This year, the Chinese New Year celebration starts on January 25th. It can fall anywhere between January 21st and February 20th, depending on when the new moon occurs.

The legal holiday lasts for seven days and this year, people in China will get seven days off work from January 24th to 30th. Some companies even allow for longer holidays of 10 days or more.

Children born under the Year of the Rat are believed to be destined for wealth. Celebrities born in this sign include Katy Perry, Prince Harry, and Khole Kardashian.