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Chinese New Year 2019-the Year of the Pig

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Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, boasting a history of more than 4,000 years, is the grandest and the most important festival for Chinese people. Normally, the public starts celebrating it from the New Year’s Eve (the last day of the 12th month on Chinese lunar calendar) till the Lantern Festival (the 15th day of the 1st lunar month).|
 
According to the Chinese ancient lunar calendar, this year is the Year of the Pig. It starts on February 5th, 2019 and ends on January 24th, 2020, lasting for 354 days.
 
Twelve Zodiac Animals

 
4000 odd years ago, Chinese ancestors used Tian Gan (or heavenly stems) and Di Zhi (or 12 earthly branches) for chronological purpose.Later, people used 12 animals to symbolize the 12 earthly branches in order to make things easier to memorize and the animals in order are the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. You might found out that many Chinese people strongly believe that the time of a person's birth is a primary factor in determining that person's characteristics.
 
According to the Chinese ancient lunar calendar, 2019 is the Year of the Pig.
 
The Year of the Pig starts on February 5th, 2019 and ends on January 24th, 2020, lasting for 354 days.
 
2019 Is a Water Pig Year
 
In Chinese element theory, each zodiac year is associated with one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth, which means that a Fire Rooster, for example, comes once every 60-year cycle.
 
Years of the Pig include 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, and so on. The year of 2019 is called a water pig year.
 
Dates of Spring Festival Holiday
Feb.4: Lunar New Year's Eve
Feb.5: Lunar New Year's Day 

 
1. Public Holiday — as long as 7 Days
 
The standard public holiday for (Mainland) Chinese is 7 days, beginning from Chinese New Year's Eve to the sixth day 6 of the first lunar month (i.e. from February 4 to February 10, 2019). 
 
Officially only the first three days of Chinese New Year are statutory holiday. Chinese must work on Feb. 2 (Saturday) and Feb. 3 (Sunday). 
 
Most people will return to work on February 11 (Monday) in 2019. 
 
2. Traditionally, it may last for 20 days. 
 
Traditionally new year activities may start as early as three weeks before Chinese New Year's Eve. It is said that after Laba festival (falling on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month), the spring festival begins. 
 
3. Lantern Festival is the end of the Festival. 
 
Traditionally the Lantern Festival —the fifteenth day of the first lunar month (February 19, 2019) marks the end of the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year holiday). On that day beautiful lanterns are displayed and sweet rice dumpling soup will be enjoyed.