MCM Next Stop China 2

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This week we will continue to celebrate Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, which started a new animal’s zodiac year – the year of the Earth Dog – on 15th February. The peak time of the entire celebration is on Chinese New Year’s Eve and the first day of the lunar New Year. The 15th day is called Lantern Festival, marking the end of the celebration. One sixth of the world’s people celebrate it. And Chinese New Year is not only celebrated in Mainland China, but also observed in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore and some other Asian countries as well as Chinatowns around the world. In recent years, the celebrations in New York, London, Vancouver, Sydney and other overseas cities have spread out of Chinatowns. Chinese New Year has become one of the world’s most celebrated festivals. Most employees have 7-12 days off the work, and students have one month winter vacation. No matter where they are, people try their best to return home for a family reunion, like westerners attempting to spend Christmas with their families. Meanwhile, some families travel together during the holiday. This makes the world’s largest annual migration, known as the Spring Festival Rush. The total trips made by plane, train, bus and ship can reach nearly 3 billion.