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Photo: VCG / Contributor (Shutterstock) Lunar New Year, known as “Spring Festival” in China and sometimes called “Chinese New Year” in the U.S., is among the most widely celebrated holidays on earth. The beginning of a new year on the Chinese lunar calendar is marked by family reunions, gift-giving, and delicious food. When is the Lunar New Year? This year, celebrants are welcoming the year of the Tiger on February 1, with a holiday season that continues until February 15. The date of Lunar New Year changes every year, but it usually falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. (It’s a little more complicated than that, but I won’t bore you with how the date can be affected by the intercalary months necessitated by the Chinese lunisolar calendar.) How is the Lunar New Year celebrated ? While the new year celebration originated in China as early as 1600 BC, it’s now celebrated in Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Mongolia, Tibet, and beyond. Like any widely-observed holiday, Chinese New Year celebrations are a stew of new and old customs and traditions that can differ wildly from place to place and family to family. But in China, the first day of the new year is traditionally marked by families reuniting, food, gifts, and fireworks. Family togetherness: Getting together with relatives is such a big part of Lunar New Year, it occasions the largest human migration on the planet. In pre-COVID days, there were an estimated three billion trips per year […]