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Important Dates to Remember for the new year:
January 20- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 31- Chinese New Year
History of Chinese New Year
Year of the Horse
Legend has it that Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of the traits of that animal’s personality. Those born in horse years are cheerful, skillful with money, perceptive, witty, and talented.
Traditional Celebrations
 Decorate with red. Red is the color or symbol of good luck in Chinese culture. The number “8” also symbolizes good luck and wealth, as in Chinese the word for eight rhymes with fortune or wealth.
Visiting family and friends are an important part of celebrating. Traditionally red envelopes with money are given to children who are encouraged to save the money for the sake of continued prosperity.
Set off firecrackers.The firecrackers used in China are loud fireworks that are mostly lit on the ground. The loud noises are thought to scare the bad spirits away, to prevent them from bringing bad luck.

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