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An American in China

Chinese New Year- Happiness in China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on January 25, 2011

Chinese New Year

Ah the glory of the Chinese lunar New Year is upon us. The locals like to equate it with Christmas time back home. In reality I can see their point. Modern Christmas has degraded into a money-grubbing purchase fest filled with people who have forgotten the meaning for the celebration, or maybe its just me. I once read that suicide rates soar in the USA around Christmas and New Years time, so yeah I would say that I can see some parallels with the Chinese celebration.
In all honesty, I love Chinese New Year, I love to visit the families and hang out, to me its the best time in China. Although the undercurrent is similar to that of American Christmas mentioned above, the reality of the Chinese New year is that even though its painfully hectic, the level of hospitality you will receive during this time is unbeatable.

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