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In the beginning of my journey to Asia I have experienced Chinese New Years holidays. 

Before I never understood what this celebration really meant, all I knew at the time was that I had plenty of free 

time to explore and learn more about it.This is the time to celebrate change, gather together 

with the family and of course, take a long break from work. Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday celebrated among Chinese people, starting with the New Moon on the first day ending on the full moon 15 days later. The last day of the holidays is called the Lantern Festival. The 15th day of the New Year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.

The Chinese calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. Chinese people adopted the Western calendar since 1911; the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions such as the Chinese New Year.

According to the Chinese culture, each year is represented by an animal zodiac sign; I also find this a very curious fact that those signs are a useful way to find out peoples ages. Instead of asking directly you can just ask whats his or her animal sign is. This zodiac animal sign represents the cycle of 12 years, if you add a bit of common sense, you will be able to deduce the exact age. Keeping in mind that is not about getting the persons age exactly right, but to simply know who is older among friends, relatives etc...

2011 is the year of the rabbit. The Rabbit is the fourth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. The Rabbit is a lucky sign and it is a symbol for mercy, elegance, and worship of beauty.  People born in the Year of the Rabbit are kind, loving persons, they are strong-minded and have strong wills pursuing their ideals all their lives in a precise and orderly way doing things slowly and deliberately because of their cautious characters.

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Watch our Chinatown episode!