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Chinese New Year Celebrations

Each year, most Americans celebrate the New Year on the first day of January in the Gregorian Calendar. Many Americans host or go to parties on December 31st to herald in the New Year. The day is an official national holiday and individuals and families stay at home, enjoying a quiet day (and perhaps a day of recovery from the previous night!). However, in many Asian cultures, the New Year is celebrated on an entirely different date and manner and the welcoming of Lunar New Year is one of, if not the, biggest celebration in many (but not all) Asian cultures. On this day Chinese celebrate to pay respect to ancestors, spend time with families, pray for good fortune, anticipate the upcoming spring and honor various gods.

By Julie Park




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