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Next week, more than a billion people in China and millions around the world will celebrate the Chinese New Year — the most important of Chinese holidays — Feb. 5, 2019, coinciding with the new moon. It is also celebrated in many Asian countries and Chinatowns as well as Asian homes around the globe. Each year is associated with one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac. 2019 is the year of the Pig. But as the Yellow Emperor is considered as the Creator of the Chinese Nation, this year is also the Chinese Year 4717.

It's considered a time to honor deities and ancestors and to be with family.

The familiar Gregorian calendar is used in China for day-to-day life. But Chinese calendar dates continue to be used to mark traditional holidays such as the new year and the fall moon festival. It's also used astrologically to select favorable dates for weddings and other special events.

Happy Chinese New Year to all!

Lam Luu

Longview

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