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Chinese New Year Marks Start Of The Year Of The Dog
The world's largest human migration is about to begin (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 406)
Feb 15, 2018 Culture & Entertainment
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Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival of the Lunar New Year, is one of he most celebrated events across the globe. The date of the celebration varies every year.


The traditions and celebrations go back in time and are transmitted from generation to generation; they welcome health, wealth and good relationships to come in the new year.

When and where is it celebrated?
• Every year, Chinese New Year starts on the new moon occurring between January 21 and February 20. This year, that will be on Friday, February 16. The celebrations lasts 15 days
• The family dinner is one of the most important meals for Chinese families. Getting home for that dinner leads to one of China's biggest migrations every year. In 2018, Chinese it is expected that 385 million Chinese people will leave the major cities to visit their families in rural parts of the country from February to March, marking a 12 percent increase on last year. (The experience is always a difficult one for people making the trip, with airports, roads and trains overcrowded and uncomfortable. This is set to improve in the years to come with China steadily expanding its high-speed rail network. Comparing CNY with America's largest annual migration is a good way to gauge its enormous size. Thanksgiving 2017 saw jam-packed airports, snarling tailbacks on the interstate and a grand total of 50.9 million travelers. The volume of people on the move in China is over 7 times bigger, though its massive population does make a difference of course


• It is traditional for every family to clean their house to sweep away any ill-fortune and make way for incoming good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with red paper strips and couplets about good fortune, wealth and longevity. Red symbolizes good fortune in Chinese tradition; children are given red envelopes of money
• It is celebrated in China and countries that have a significant Chinese population, including Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia and the Philippines

Chinese Zodiac
• The Chinese Zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle; those born in 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1944, 2006 and 2018 are born in the Year of the Dog
According to Asian astrology, your year of birth, and the animal it represents, set many of your personality traits
• People born in the Year of the Dog are described as independent, sincere, communicative and loyal

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as said by


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happening every year


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to do something enjoyable for a special event


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a happy get-together to mark a special event

 


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relaxed, no worries


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something really popular amongst a group of people


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hard, not easy


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something seen as likely to happen


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one of a system of expressways


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to do with the moon    


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huge, very big

 


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the people who live in a particular place


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a sign or thing that has meaning


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something done for a long time


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