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Everything You Need To Know About The Chinese New Year

On Sunday, most of Asia and parts of the Western world began to drape themselves in red to mark the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the world’s longest celebrated festival. Steeped in astrology and traditions, this 15-day event is an aesthetic feast for the senses and a culturally rich celebration. To welcome the Year of the Monkey, here are 21 spectacular photos illustrating the best and most striking aspects of China’s foremost holiday. Kung hei fat choy!

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Chinese New Year Lantern Installation

The date of the Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, varies each year. It can fall between 21st January and February 10th, depending on the first full moon of the lunar calendar. Image Source: Pixabay

Chinese New Year Monkey

Following the 12-year Chinese astrological cycle, on February 7th 2016 the year of the goat will give way to that of the monkey, an animal associated with sharp intellect, energy and charisma, but also mischief and naughty curiosity. Image Source: Flickr/Vhines 2000

Chinese New Year Bangkok Parade Character

The festival is celebrated by a whopping one-fifth of the earth’s population. Image Source: Flickr/Aleksandr Zykov

Chinese New Year Malaysia Penang Temple

Beyond China and its territories, it is also observed in Malaysia (above), the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, South Korea, North Korea, and in Chinatowns around the globe. Image Source: Wikipedia

Chinese New Year London Parade

The largest celebrations outside Asia are found in London (pictured), San Francisco, Paris, Sydney, and New York City, where official events including parades and fireworks are held. Image Source: Flickr/John Pannell

Chinese New Year Chunyun Beijing Station

Chinese people’s cross-country and international travels to reunite with friends and relatives during the event give rise to the world’s largest annual human migration, known as chunyun. It is estimated that a grand 7.4% of the world’s population is on the move during that period. Image Source: Flickr/Charlie Fong

Chinese New Year Red Lanterns

The color red dominates New Year celebrations. It is traditionally thought to represent fire, which in Chinese culture is believed to prevent bad luck. Image Source: Flickr/Nelo Hotsuma

Chinese New Year Red Decorations

Throughout the holiday season, Chinese families adorn their houses with red decorations, including lanterns and chunlian poems printed on red paper strips. Red signs and banners are also used to decorate streets and public places. Image Source: Flickr/Upupa4me

Chinese New Year Red Envelope Exchange

Instead of presents, people exchange red envelopes containing “lucky money”, called hong bao. Those cash gifts may be presented by older family members to children, by bosses to their employees, etc. Image Source: Flickr/Michelle Lee

Red Envelope

The amount of money needs to be even, as an odd sum is considered unlucky. Moreover, it should not be divisible by 4, a number that represents death. Image Source: Flickr/Linh Nguyen

Chinese New Year Beijing Fireworks

As China produces 90% of the world’s fireworks, it is no surprise that the latter play a significant part in the festivities. The Chinese New Year period sees the largest annual usage of fireworks and firecrackers on the planet. Image Source: Flickr/Jon

Chinese New Year Hong Kong Fireworks

The most popular and spectacular display is the firework show held over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. The performance comes to conclude a day traditionally spent by Hong Kongers at the Sha Tin horseracing track. Image Source: Flickr/Michael Elleray

Chinese New Year Lantern Festival

The 15th and last day of the celebration is the lantern festival, on which lanterns are released to light the way for the new year. Image Source: Pixabay

Chinese New Year Evil Spirits

Beyond their aesthetic value, the bright lanterns and fireworks are believed to chase away evil spirits and monsters. Image Source: International Business Times

Nian Dragon

In particular, the festivities are intended to scare away Nian, the man-eating dragon most often portrayed in the parades. Image Source: Pixabay

Chinese New Nian Dragon Parade

According to tradition, the colorful beast comes out of his den on New Year’s Eve but is repelled by the red lights and decorations. Image Source: Pixabay

Chinese New Year Flowers

The two flowers of the New Year – the plum blossom and water narcissus – are also abundantly represented in the festival’s imagery. Image Source: Flickr/Kneth

Chinese New Year Tray Of Togertherness

On this highly family-oriented holiday, an important symbol is the chuen-hop or “tray of togetherness”, a circular tray filled with a variety of sweet treats to share with guests. Image Source: Flickr/Josiah Lau

Chinese New Year Candied Fruit

Candied apples and other fruits are also popular treats during the holiday season. Those sugar-coated skewers are sold at street stalls and temple fairs around the country. Image Source: Wikipedia

Chinese New Year Open House

After cleaning their houses thoroughly, on New Year’s Eve families open their doors and windows to let the new year in on the stroke of midnight. Image Source: Wikipedia

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Video Of The Day: The Very First Super Bowl Halftime Show

Last year’s Super Bowl made history as the most watched television event of all time. Nearly 120 million people tuned in for the part of the event that had nothing to do with football: the halftime show.

Perhaps the entertainment event of the year, this grand spectacle is so compelling and important that, in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported that the NFL was asking the world’s top entertainers to pay them for the right to play the show. But as the above video of the very first Super Bowl halftime show (from 1967) reveals, things used to be much, much different.

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22 Inspirational Bob Marley Quotes To Celebrate The Reggae King’s Birthday

February 6th marks what would have been the 71st birthday of the most famous reggae musician of all time, Bob Marley. Nearly 35 years after his death, he remains an inspiration to millions worldwide. His philosophy of peace and love too often goes unheeded, which is why we wish to commemorate his life today with these insightful Bob Marley quotes:

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Bob Marley Quotes

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Bob Marley Quotes Background

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Bob Marley Quotes Mic

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Bob Marley Quotes Tears

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Bob Marley Quotes Dandy Lion

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Bob Marley Quotes Graffiti

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Bob Marley Quotes Laughing

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Bob Marley Quotes Lion

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Bob Marley Quotes Mexico

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Bob Marley Quotes Mural

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Bob Marley Quotes One Love

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Bob Marley Quotes Pencil

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Bob Marley Quotes Performing

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Bob Marley Quotes Pointing

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Bob Marley Quotes Shot

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Bob Marley Quotes Spray Paint

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Bob Marley Quotes Statue

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Video Of The Day: Watch An Eagle Take Out A Drone

You might not own any of the 181,000 registered drones in America, but you probably know what they’re capable of. Whether it’s something as innocuous as taking stunning aerial photos of cities, or something as morally questionable as vague military airstrikes, drones have now become a staple of everyday conversation.

The only problem is that people haven’t quite figured out how to appropriately deal with unwanted drones flying overhead. From signal jammers, to sending interceptor drones to do battle with the rogue drones, to city government approved drone-shooting licenses, all of the current methods of controlling drones have been too complex without providing a feasible solution. But sometimes, mother nature provides the best and simplest answer: In this case, eagles.

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