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Lunar New Year 2015: The year of the Goat

Chinese/Lunar New Year is a special and an important holiday of the traditional Chinese. It is celebrated in the spring season every year and hence is also called the "Spring Festival" (translation of chinese name) in China. The celebrations traditionally begin on the Chinese New Year's Day, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, and continue through to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the same month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is centu- ries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. The essence of the festival is a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. Chinese New Year is celebrated in countries and territories with significant Chinese populations, including Main- land China, Hong Kong,Macau, Taiwan, Singapore,Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius,Philippines,and also in Chinatowns else- where.