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Happy Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year is one of the most important occasions in Asia.

The Chinese calendar assigns different animals to each lunar year in a cycle of 12 years.

Today marks the arrival of the Year of the Goat, which generally signifies good fortune and luck, especially for those born during the Year of the Goat (1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015).

The Chinese New Year is celebrated with the lighting of firecrackers, ringing of bells and watching traditional dances.

Red envelopes containing \"lucky money\" are given to children and people decorate their houses with red paper banners during the festive period.

The holiday season culminates 15 days later with the Lantern Festival where it has become customary for children to go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns.

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