By Leilani

LifeBuzz Staff

15 Facts About Chinese New Year… #12 Is Reason Alone To Visit China.

Lunar New Year, also called Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, is just around the corner. Many of us know about the red envelopes, or "hong bao," and have seen the stunning dragons made of bamboo, paper, and silk, but it is also to important to note that this holiday is celebrated in a variety of different ways. With candy boxes, dumplings, and a focus on family, there are many reasons to join in on the annual festivities if you haven't already.

Below you'll find a refresher of 15 facts about the Lunar New Year but keep in mind that some of your friends may have their own special beliefs and traditions. Perhaps you can start some of your own!

#1. The date is based on the Chinese lunar calendar and varies each year. This year, the holiday officially begins on Monday, February 8.

#2. Spring Festival is not just celebrated in China but by 2 billion people around the world in countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam (for reference, the Chinese population is about 1.357 billion). London holds their own big celebration as well.

#3. Nearly 4% of the world's population travels during this time, with 200 million Mainland Chinese traveling long distances.

#4. Each year is named after an animal in a 12-year cycle. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey, the ninth sign of the zodiac, and people born in this year are believed to be curious, innovative, mischievous, and quick-witted. Some famous people born under this sign include Charles Dickens, Eleanor Roosevelt, Yao Ming and more recently, Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez. It is widely believed that those facing their zodiac year will experience more hardships and obstacles.

#5. Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, is the longest public holiday. It officially lasts 3 days in China, but the festival spans for 15 days. Many employees have a week break and schools have one month off.

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