Chinese New Year, known as Spring Festival, is the most significant event for the country. It is China’s equivalent of the U.S. Christmas and Thanksgiving rolled into one. The Lunar New Year is the largest annual human migration on the Earth when hundreds of millions of Chinese come to their hometowns to spend time with their families, celebrate this special time, enjoy traditional foods, bid farewell to the passing year, and seek good fortune for the year ahead.
The celebration has begun on Feb. 8, and lasts for a whole week following the start of the lunar new year, a period of time filled with symbolic performances and meals. During these seven days, most Chinese workers and students are off duty enjoying the longest public holiday in the country.
Each New Year is assigned not only an animal but also one of five symbolic elements: gold, wood, earth, water, and fire. The Chinese zodiac is distinguished by twelve animals, and 2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey. The most unreasonable thing in this is the fact that for Chinese, the Monkey years are the most unlucky in the twelve-year cycle for the people who were born in the year Monkey.