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Chinese New Year will begins today on10th February which marks the start of the newyear of the Snake.The year will be 4711 on the Chinese calendar.Chinese New Year is also known as the SpringFestival.It marks the end of the winter season and is thegrandest and most important festival of the year.It is also the time for families to get together,which is similar with Christmas Day towesterners.Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th- 11th century BC), spring festival is full of richand colourful activities, and new hopes with theadvent of spring and flowers blossoming.
Traditions...As the Chinese use the lunar calendar for theirfestivals the date of Chinese New Year changesfrom year to year. The date corresponds to themoon (black moon) in either late Januaryor February - Traditionally celebrations last for 15days, ending on the date of the full moon.The Chinese zodiac follows a twelve year cycle,each of the years being named after an animal. TheChinese believe that people born on a particularyear take on the characteristics of the animalassociated with that year.