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It’s the Year of the Rooster!

Happy Chinese New Year! Also known as Spring Festival, Chinese New Year is one of the biggest celebrations in the world, with people traveling far and wide to mark the occasion with family and friends. In addition to music, lanterns, feasting, and lucky red envelopes full of cash—a symbol of good luck in China—the occasion also marks the arrival of the year of the rooster.

We’re joining the fun with 40% off tea bags with promo code CNY2017 through February 5.

Did you know?

China has used the Gregorian calendar since 1912, but Chinese New Year is based on the ancient lunar calendar, which resets after winter solstice and changes dates each year.

Chinese New Year is also known as “Spring Festival” because the start of spring (February 4-18) is the first of the terms on the traditional solar calendar. Start of spring marks the end of the year’s most bitter temperatures … even if it’s not exactly spring yet.

Every Chinese New Year marks the arrival of a new animal’s zodiac year. 2017 is the year of the rooster.

Chinese New Year is celebrated worldwide! It marks China’s winter vacation week, and people in Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, England, and many other countries host huge celebrations. San Francisco claims to hold the United States’ largest. It’s popular in Hong Kong, with lights and fireworks illuminating the city.

It’s a time for travel—to see family and friends. An estimated 4 percent of the world’s population is on the move during the Spring Festival, with 3.5 billion journeys in China alone.

Fireworks are on display to repel evil spirits. They’re lit around midnight of Chinese New Year (this year, Saturday night).

San Francisco claims to hold the biggest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia with a parade marking the occasion. The city has celebrated Chinese New Year since the 1860s, when many Chinese workers immigrated to California during the Gold Rush.

Happy Chinese New Year! Browse our selection of 40% off tea bags and welcome the spring in delicious fashion.

Chinese New Year facts from:

http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year

http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/special-report/chinese-new-year/

http://www.chinesenewyears.info/

 

 

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