Chinese New Year, What is it?

For a change, not a business post, but rather a little trivia about the Chinese New Year.
When is Chinese New Year this year? The upcoming Chinese New Year falls on February 3, 2011, when we'll be ringing in the year of the Rabbit.
What is the Chinese New Year? There's a lot more to it than lion dances and firecrackers.
These two traditions are integral and more visible during this festive season, yet Chinese New Year to China is like Christmas to the West. In essence, Chinese New Year means spending time with family, gift giving and, the all important, food-fest.
China’s manufacturing (just a little business note) comes to a slow to stand still starting in late January till about the mid of February, allowing people time for travel, family and festivities.
A person born during the years 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987 and 1999 is most fortunate to be born in the Year of the Rabbit. If you or someone you know is a Rabbit…heads up; it’s going to be an interesting year indeed.
So, Happy Chinese New Year and may the fortune cookies be with you. 

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