Chinese New Year marks the beginning of the new lunar year and is sometimes called Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival. It is the biggest and most important traditional holiday in China and celebrations can last up to 15 days. Festivities take place across China and around the world. In 2013, Chinese New Year falls on February 10 and will be the year of the snake. The snake symbolizes energy, passion and luck. The date for the Lunar New Year is based on the lunisolar Chinese calendar (which marks moon phase and time of the solar year). On our calendar, the date for Chinese New Year moves around between January 21 and February 20. The animal name for the year is determined by the 12-cycle animal zodiac. Many people still follow Chinese tradition and give presents (often money in red envelopes), clean house (sweeping away bad luck) and wish happiness to all. If you're near a major centre, you'll have an opportunity to attend a festival featuring colourful performers, dancing dragons and lions, and great food. Here are a few places where you can welcome the year of the snake. Kung hei fat choi!
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