What is Chinese New Year?The Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is the oldest and most important festival in China, which marks a new year on the lunar calendar. The name of the Lunar New Year in Chinese is 'Guo Nian'. 'Guo' means pass, and 'Nian' means year. The origins of 'Guo Nian' can be traced back thousands of years. Normally, the celebration starts from the New Year's Eve and lasts for around 15 days until the middle of the first month.

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12 Animal Signs of Chinese Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle, each year in that cycle related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar. You can use the zodiac calculator to search for your Chinese zodiac animal sign. Select your Gregorian date of birth, and you'll reveal your date of birth according to the lunar calendar, together with your sign. It is believed that the years represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same way like the western astrology signs.

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