This year is the year of the Monkey: 2016! You may wonder, “What does that mean?” For starters, it may be helpful to think of the Chinese zodiac as a system similar to the one in Western astrology. But instead of using the birth month and date to determine someone’s horoscope, the Chinese zodiac uses the year of birth based on the lunar calendar. The animal sign that comes with your year of birth is supposed to represent your character.
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Chinese New Year, also known as "Spring festival" 春节 (chūn jié), is one of the most important holidays in Chinese culture. The night preceding Chinese New Year is a time when families meet up for the annual reunion dinner. The traditional foods eaten for Chinese New Year are representative of some kind of good fortune or luck, and are crucial to a good 春节 dinner.