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The year of the snake is winding down as we get ready to enter the year of the horse. At the moment, millions upon millions of Chinese are cramming bus stations, highways, train stations, and airplanes in a mad rush to get home to welcome in the new year. This madness is known as the Spring Festival travel season (春运 – chūn yùn), and it’s best avoided. Aside from this transport related chaos, the Spring Festival is an incredibly exciting and interesting time of the year. It’s the most important festival in Chinese culture, and it is rich in traditions and customs. We’ve devoted a lot of time to this holiday in years past, so go back to these posts to get totally schooled on the Chinese New Year:
A short video about the Spring Festival, including some useful Chinese vocab.
I’ll leave you all with one of the most common Chinese greetings during the Spring Festival:
This basically wishes you a happy new year full of success and prosperity.