Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. The Chinese year 4710 begins on January 23, 2012. Chinese months are controlled by the lunar calendar, with each month beginning on the darkest day. New Year festivities traditionally start on the first day of the month and continue until the fifteenth, when the moon is brightest. In China, people may take weeks off from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.
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