Posted by: oliviapontet | February 17, 2012

Chinese New Year !

The New Year is officially celebrated in China (seven days of leave) and the Republic of China (Taiwan) (five days), Hong Kong and Macao (three days), as well as in some Asian countries where the influence of Chinese culture is important, or where the population includes a large minority of ethnic Chinese in Singapore and Malaysia (two days), Philippines (three days), Brunei and Indonesia (one day), Thailand, Vietnam (Tet, three days, with one day difference with China every 22 or 23 years to compensate for the time difference between Beijing and Hanoi), South Korea (party 설날 Seollal, three days). New Year holidays, which may be extended by a weekend or a bridge, is a period of intense migration, because many people who strive to join their families, sometimes from abroad: road congestion and congestion in stations and airports are the rule.

It is observed individually around the world by members of the Chinese diaspora, and sometimes also by the Japanese (old first month 正月 旧), Miao, Mongols, Tibetans, Nepalese and Bhutanese.

Happy new year

Happy new year (Photo credit: Amodiovalerio Verde)


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