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How long does the Chinese New Year last?

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The festivities celebrating the Chinese New Year, which marks the beginning of the Chinese calendar, can last for approximately 15 days. The Chinese New Year celebration is also known as the "Spring Festival" or the "Lunar New Year" and is the most important festival within the Chinese culture.

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How long does the Chinese New Year last?
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The Chinese New Year falls between the December solstice and the March equinox. Because of this, the dates can vary annually. Every year, an animal of the Chinese Zodiac is assigned. There are 12 animals. It is believed that these 12 animals were the only ones that gave homage to Buddha. The Chinese New Year is recognized in other countries besides China. These countries include North Korea, South Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei.

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